Springtime Carnivore is the highly evocative name for Greta Morgan’s solo musical project. The Midnight Room album grew out of a monumental relationship break-up, providing plenty of fuel for deep-emotion songwriting and melancholy melodies. There is a strong middle-americana feel to Midnight Room, which is out on the Anti label.
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Singer-songwriter fun-bringer Greta Morgan makes a new one as Springtime Carnivore and my goodness is it nice. A dreamy lounge pop record with a thousand excitements, it disconcerts with its straight-up acoustic strums before setting up an unravelling treasure chest of washy synths, remotely produced pianos, War On Drugs-anthemic guitar riffs and general big feeling.
“Face In The Moon” is some of that gosh-darned indie music you’d hear on hit emotional TV show of your choice, winding through chamber pop piano and quick, catchy guitar riffs, centred, somehow, on an elucidating vocal performance that offers a much-needed delay between the super-fast verses and laid-bare choruses. This is pop music done with a rippling energy, “Raised by Wolves” developing off a chuggin’ riff and flicking its twee-synth switch off just in time to develop a lovely central melody that recalls the early outings of Mozart’s Sister.
It’s the dreaminess of this record that captures me: “Wires Crossing” is drenched in those sustained backing chords and laid over by harmonies that makes things feel just a little sideways, submerging Morgan’s plainspoken vocal performance in a world that feels logical but just that little bit different. Or: it’s just a good indie pop album with a little bit of its own thing going on. That too.
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