As an artist, Garrett Seamans uses creativity as his voice to bare his soul to his audience.
Experiences in his youth, such as days spent surfing with friends, working as a videographer for lifestyle apparel brands like Volcom, and honing his guitar skills led to his entry into the music industry through SoundCloud and his venture into songwriting. Garrett says, “I make music as a way to talk about things that I don’t necessarily know how to say yet. It’s a way to explore ideas that I don’t have the answers to.” Early releases such as Snow Globe Romanceand Scrapbookunder the pseudonym Postcard Boy paved the way for his 2020 EP Limbo, which serves as a transitional project capturing Garrett’s shift from high school to college. Wanting to channel his sonic evolution with influences from the 1990s & 2000s indie and alternative rock, Garrett created carwash, his DIY pop alter-ego that carries an aura of vulnerability not seen in his previous persona.
Inspired by an endless cycle of neighborhood walks and recording sessions during lockdown in 2020, carwash’s debut EP soap water takes a deeper look into Garrett’s yearning for human connection and introspection towards an uncertain future, using the pandemic and the spirit of his adolescence as bases for the project. With minimalism in its acoustic guitar-laden instrumental, “Racetrack” captures the monotonous haze experienced by many people during the COVID-19 pandemic as feelings of isolation and restlessness weigh heavy. Garrett’s murmur-esque vocals and lines like “There’s like 1000 better things we could do right now than just howl at the moon after hours/Let’s imagine that my car is a spaceship, that could fly as far away from facing it” exudes senses of wonder and pain in escapism when people are stuck in bottomless situations and desperate to pursue anything without feeling boxed in.
Of the track, he explains, “There is an unspoken bond about being able to waste time with someone.
‘Racetrack’ is about that connection, a friendship where you can do absolutely nothing all day, but feel so comforted, so at ease. I spent so many days lying around my friends’ rooms trying to figure out something to do. We always eventually hop in the car and lap neighborhoods, driving in circles. That’s where the title ‘racetrack’ comes from, laps and laps around the same streets.”
“Racetrack” provides an ideal soundtrack for listeners in 2021, as society slowly wakes up to a semblance of normalcy and joy around loved ones, while acknowledging the hidden comfort of experiencing struggles and self-realization during the pandemic. Garrett faces another crucial transition as a person with the upcoming release of soap water and “racetrack” is indicative of the shift to come.