Carson Coma has a special place in my heart. Their music is a really good representation of the indie traditions that I grew up with and that are still quite prominent in the concert scene of Hungary. This music is still unique in many aspects.
First and foremost, their lyrics are a little bit unusual. They do not fit most big categories that are usually being used by artists in this genre. They are neither lyrically abstract nor recognizably simple. Their songs describe oddly specific, yet extremely relatable and familiar situations. That makes them unique yet emotional.
“Marokkó” for example explains the feelings of suspecting your significant other growing so close with a friend that makes you jealous. But Carson Coma have birthday wishes to an ex and critic of the Hungarian government’s homophobia too.
Their music goes also beyond the typical indie traditions. Although using signature sounds of the previous decades is nothing unknown in this genre, there unique way of implementing classical guitar sounds of the early 2000s pop-punk and or Hungarian sounds of the pop music from around the system changing.
This includes many pianos, and an open, classical singing. They also like to mix in other genres, such as classic rock and roll or jazz. The result reflects their lyrics, something very unique yet relatable and familiar.
For some reason whenever I listen to any of their new songs, it just brings me back to the streets of Budapest. As a Hungarian living abroad, they represent a really specific sentiment that is unique to Budapest to me and can ease my troubles with feeling homesick.
Therefore I can suggest them to anyone who besides liking indie music, is also interested in the quite chaotic yet charming atmosphere of Eastern-Central Europe. Something old, something new, something unique, and yet perfectly ordinary. That is Carson Coma to me.