Where: Autumn Tone Records
At this very moment in time I am sitting perfectly on the fence between content and freezing cold. The shift in time to save daylight has meant that 5pm is night time these days and I’m not sure if I’m suffering from S.A.D or just very sleep deprived. While I am itching for pay day to arrive so I can purchase The Polar Express and Elf on Bluray I do miss the warm loveliness that is springtime. Springtime Carnivore is the singer-songwriter project of Greta Morgan, and this is her debut self titled record.
Springtime Carnivore’s sound is something that grabs all the catchy elements from pop music to folk music and combines it with a whole shade of grey to make it sound like the most accessible shadow ever. Simple drumbeats lay down a sturdy foundation which allows extra instruments like pianos and guitars to join in and produce something that is dark but ultimately bright and lovely in the coldest way possible. Our first taste of it came in the form of lead single Sun Went Black which saw Springtime Carnivore throw the aforementioned genres together to great success. It’s gritty distorted guitar riffs, disjointed electric drum beats and additional echo-y sounds haunts me in the best way possible.
Springtime Carnivore excels at being consistent with it’s sound which for a debut is necessary. After the dreamy, short opener track Western Pink plays we are then treated to two murky pop gems in Collectors and Name On A Matchbook. Both of these tracks set up the formula for the rest of the material on the record: simplicity, hooks, darkness. These three traits are often found at the beginning of the tracks, and most of the time the one.two.three pattern is often repeated throughout too. This could become a critiscism of the album but Springtime Carnivore does allow some change to be made in tempo or structure, such as Foxtrot Freak (Something In The Atmosphere) which exceeds at blooming and swelling into it’s choruses and as a result becomes one of my personal highlights on the album. Other Side Of The Boundary also shakes things up by featuring no drums or piano but merely a lady and her guitar to create one of the more intimate, beautiful tracks which is then followed by the piano-only instrumental that is Karen’s Bird Song.
The rest of the album heads towards the most accessible route as it looks set on driving down as fast as possible to deliver more and more catchy little pop numbers. Tracks such as Last One To Know and Creature Feature lead the way in bringing things to a close in a strong, poppy way to leave one strong impression on me.
Springtime Carnivore is a debut album from a talent who seems confident in her talents. This record is full of alternatively broody pop songs that sound a little different to what’s usually heard from the genre but still retains a lot of the infectious goodness it has bundles of. There are some very solid tracks on here, and it’s all performed consistently with just the right amount of variety thrown in too. It’s a great album.