With Seattle’s rain accumulation on the steady upswing, I think it’s safe to say we could all use a bit of sunshine. Well, you’re in luck: Springtime Carnivore’s self-titled debut comes in clutch when trying to brighten up a particularly overcast day. With lofty melodies and a tone that places a warm and fuzzy feeling deep in your bones, Springtime Carnivore provokes a nostalgia for a time that many of us (including Greta Morgan, mastermind behind this project) have never actually experienced. Head-bopping beats, whistling melodies and bright keys epitomize the best aspects of early ‘60s pop, and Greta’s voice is just distorted enough to give it that lo-fi feel we all love.
The album begins with the short “Western Pink”, a keyboard-dominated instrumental that flows right into the poppier aspects of her sound. “Collectors” and “Name on a Matchbook” each showcase SP’s supreme talent for weaving catchy pop sensibilities amongst fuzzy guitars and psychedelic-tinged keys, creating an indie-pop song that will force you to drop what you’re doing and dance around like a teenager at a Sock-Hop.
Things slow down with the ballad-y “Foxtrot Freak (Something in the Atmosphere)”, featuring a beautifully bare vocal track free from effects until her reverb-drenched harmonies flood the chorus. “Other Side of the Boundary” is even more stripped-down, and is best categorized as a truly melancholy acoustic ballad. This tune allows SP’s folk side to shine beautifully, and her falsetto in the chorus leaves you with chills running down your spine.
After picking up the tempo a bit in “Last One to Know” and “Two Scars”, Springtime Carnivore ends on a somber note with “Find a New Game”, featuring only Greta and her keyboard. Get a taste by listening to the latest track available for streaming, “Sun Went Black” below:
From full-blown indie-pop songs to simple piano accompaniments, Springtime Carnivore reaches a wide range of appeal, all the while maintaining loyalty to a ‘60s sound that the younger generation wishes we could have experienced the first time around. However, her record brings a modern twist that gives the music much more depth and longevity. I’m sure we’ll be envied by our grandkids for being able to experience her sound the first time around.
Check out her full album on iTunes and Amazon, and get a taste on Autumn Tone Record’s Soundcloud
AND if you dig what you hear, catch her with the Generationals at the Crocodile THIS SATURDAY (November 15)!