Benjamin Cartel @ The Triple NickelWith Rough Age, Salt of Sanguine, Sunday, May 20, 8 p.m., 26 S. Wahsatch Ave., 477-9555, triplenickeltavern.com
hile most of Benjamin Cartel’s lyrics draw upon either his own experiences or those of his friends, the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter’s sophomore album Flickering Light also boasts its share of cinematic influences. The title track was inspired by the Woody Allen film Broadway Danny Rose
, another by Jimmy Stewart’s spiraling plummet in Hitchcock’s Vertigo
. Released a few weeks ago on the Mother West label, the album is an impressive collection from an artist that spent years collaborating with Courtney Kaiser in KaiserCartel, whose alt-country sound frequently earned them comparisons to Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons. On his own, Cartel embraces a more diverse range of sonic influences, including The Beatles, the Velvet Underground and various ‘70s pop bands, in sometimes oblique but always engaging ways.