Monday, December 15, 2014

Springtime Carnivore - Springtime Carnivore

I'll start this post with the conclusion, the debut, self-titled album from Springtime Carnivore is one of the best pure pop albums from a female vocalist I've heard this year.  There are nostalgic shades to her pop melodies, such as hazed and fuzzed instruments.  Greta Morgan's voice, on the other hand, is bigger than life.  It has the capacity to fill large arenas and coo to the little tables in a small club.  It can belt and warble.  And most strikingly, it conveys youth, but not innocence.  At times one can hear a bit of Kate Bush, or even Lesley Gore.  But Morgan's style has a palpable playfulness that is her own.  There are some very nice ballads in the set, but in my opinion the album soars highest with the upbeat songs.  My current favorites are "Name on a Matchbook" and the delightfully '60s influenced "Collectors".

Multi-instrumentalist Greta is a veteran of bands Gold Motel and Hush Sound, but for this project is mostly her, her keyboards, Chris Faller on bass and production on a few tracks from Richard Swift.  The album is out now via Autumn Tone Records.  Springtime Carnivore is touring in February and March, and you can check out the dates and venues at the bottom of the post.

Autumn Tone

Tue. Feb. 10 - Sacramento, CA @ Harlow's
Wed. Feb. 11 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
Fri. Feb. 13 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Roxy Theatre
Sat. Feb. 14 - San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
Sun. Feb. 15 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom
Mon. Feb. 16 - Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
Wed. Feb. 18 - Austin, TX @ The Parish
Thu. Feb. 19 - Dallas, TX @ Three Links
Fri. Feb. 20 - New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
Sat. Feb. 21 - Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
Sun. Feb. 22 - Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
Mon. Feb. 23 - Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
Tue. Feb. 24 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
Thu. Feb. 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
Fri. Feb. 27 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Sat. Feb. 28 - Hamden, CT @ The Space
Sun. Mar. 1 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
Mon. Mar. 2 - Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
Tue. Mar. 3 - Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe Tavern
Thu. Mar. 5 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig
Fri. Mar. 6 - Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Sat. Mar. 7 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St Entry
Tue. Mar. 10 - Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
Wed. Mar. 11 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
Thu. Mar. 12 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
Mon. Mar. 16 - Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

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