In this edition: discover the dream pop of Carrousel; consider tracks from Heyward Howkins and The Spring Standards; and videos from Carrousel, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Heyward Howkins, Muncie Girls, The Spring Standards, and Umlala.
The dream pop of Carrousel is built on beautiful symphonic soundscapes driven by emotion and imagination. Their debut, 27 rue de mi’chelle, comes from the mind of frontman and principal songwriter Joel Piedt.
Piedt turned the heartbreak of a break up and other personal frustrations into nine masterfully crafted tracks. Moving to Florida, he found kinship and like minds, enlisting Rob Polischuck, Malee Bringardner, Patrick Chin, Erich von Hinken, and Landon Lee as bandmates. The sextet is road testing material in venues in Florida and provide details on upcoming shows through their ReverbNation and Facebook pages.
27 rue de mi’chelle is ripe with rich tracks. “14” jumps out of the speakers, occupying large spaces with beautiful strings and lush harmonies. The loneliness and regret expressed in “Moonlight” is accentuated by slowly played acoustic guitar and beautiful slide playing. “Where Do We Go From Here” is an ambitious effort with its split segments and competing arrangements. The poignant piano notes and cave singing on “Take Me Now” capture the feelings of loss, acceptance, and the sadness that comes with it. This theme spills into “15”, which delivers harmonies and multi-tracking that would make Brian Wilson proud. Sadness wanes and acceptance triumphs as the album closes with the title track; a track that’s meant to emphasize “the feeling of finality and closure.”
“14” (see video below)
27 rue de mi’chelle is a very strong effort from Carrousel. The album drops on May 15. Be sure to monitor their Facebook page for more news.
Heyward Howkins – “The Raucous Calls of Morning”
from The Hale & Hearty
out June 26
A former guitarist for The Trouble with Sweeney, Heyward Howkins is offering previews from his debut release as a solo artist. In addition to “The Raucous Calls of Morning”, we also preview “Sugar Sand Stitched Lip” in videos (below). Delicious bits of baroque pop and bedroom folk dot these tracks. The palate’s whet, and we’re looking forward to reviewing the rest.
The Spring Standards – “Only Skin”
out May 1 on Parachute Shooter Records
The Brooklyn trio are about to unleash the double EP, yellow//gold. We are featuring a couple of tracks from this release, “Only Skin” and “Here We Go.” “Only Skin” is beautifully understated with Heather Robb taking duties as lead vocalist. The Spring Standards also have a light hearted video for album track “Here We Go.” It ends with a Thriller meets Back to the Future flourish of fun. See it below in videos.
Videos, videos, videos….
Carrousel – “14”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “We Almost Lost Detroit”
Heyward Howkins – “Sugar Sand Stitched Lip”
Muncie Girls – “Kasper and Rainbows”
The Spring Standards – “Here We Go”
Umlala – “My PDF Files”