Release Date: Nov 4, 2014
Record label: Autumn Tone Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Twee Pop
One has to wonder whether Greta Morgan considered another name change before the release of Springtime Carnivore, the eponymous debut LP from her new musical project. After all, she was once known as Greta Salpeter, the teenaged lead singer for fast-rising indie pop-rockers The Hush Sound, who she joined out of high school in Chicago. When that group disbanded for the first time in 2008, she began using her middle name as a stage moniker while touring with her new band, Gold Motel, symbolically distancing herself from who she was before.
Springtime Carnivore's origin story is one that feels plucked from Dust Bowl-era Americana: a former tightrope walker from a traveling circus troupe rediscovered her family's dusty old piano while rehabilitating from a leg injury. That would have been an uncommon enough tale in 1930, but it's even more so in 2014. .
Imagine a clever pop girl like Lesley Gore passing through a window in time and arriving in 2014, where she has access to Pro Tools and synthesizers and doesn't have to play nice for any boys, and you start to get an idea of what Springtime Carnivore is all about. Springtime Carnivore is a project from singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Greta Morgan, best known for her work with Gold Motel and the Hush Sound. While she has help from producer Richard Swift on three songs, the healthy majority of this album is just Morgan and bassist Chris Faller in her practice space, although she manages to make the songs sound big enough to disguise the modesty of their creation.
There’s something irresistible about a pop album determined to lift your spirits and transport you at the same time. Springtime Carnivore’s new self-titled debut, the project of singer-songwriter Greta Morgan, plies an effervescence at odds with some of the heartache lurking within. These 14 songs are sun-kissed with playful psychedelia and a sense of stardust.