Joey Ryan, who’s half of the Milk Carton Kids, says there’s something beguiling about the way a human voice can wrap itself around another one.
“There’s nothing more exciting for me than listening to a Crosby, Stills & Nash album and trying to sing along with just one of them. It’s impossible,” Ryan says. “You actually can’t tell who’s singing what, and because of that, the narrator of the song becomes not any of the real people who are singing, but rather the space between all of the people contributing to this one voice you’re hearing. So as a listener, you’re engaging with somebody who’s a bit of a ghost. You can’t actually get at them. It’s seductive.”