THE SIMPLE CARNIVAL'S 'SMITTEN' ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON VALENTINE'S DAY 2017
Pittsburgh-based pop project has a companion animated film in the works
February 1, 2017 (FPRC) -- Pittsburgh, PA – Critically-acclaimed power pop project The Simple Carnival will release its third and final album, Smitten, on February 14, 2017 (Valentine's Day) through Sundrift Productions.
Seven years in the making, Smitten is eleven tracks of meticulously-crafted power pop bliss. It's as if Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Todd Rundgren, Burt Bacharach, and The Beach Boys locked themselves in a recording studio for the better part of a decade to see what would happen.
Jeff Boller, songwriter and the primary musician behind The Simple Carnival, is also an award-winning filmmaker. He is currently creating an animated "music video movie" based on the Smitten album, titled Smitten 3D. The Smitten album CD release includes a special pair of 3D glasses and a 12-page lyric booklet with 3D stills from the movie. CDs and downloads can be pre-ordered through www.simplecarnival.com. The album will be available on all major streaming and download services.
Smitten is the follow-up to The Simple Carnival's 2008's full-length album Girls Aliens Food, which was declared "a soft pop masterpiece" (Powerpopaholic), "STUNNING...HUGELY Recommended" (Not Lame), and "one of the all-time great melodic long-players" (Alan Haber's Pure Pop Radio).
The Simple Carnival has released two albums and two EPs since 2004, with Boller performing all vocals and playing over 30 instruments in his basement studio. Because of the studio-bound nature of its recordings, The Simple Carnival has never performed live. Although Boller still plays the majority of the instruments on the Smitten album, he has enlisted the talents of several outside musicians this time around. Vocalist Heidi Engel and drummer Chris Belin are prominently featured on the album. Jess and Jeff DeCuir from Hyperbubble, Matt Williams from The Brigadier, and Rob Gibson from Mister Fusty all contribute background vocals.
WHAT OTHERS SAY
"YAY! Looks like good music is coming back!"
"Catchy, sweet, tender, quirky, and sung with unbelievable charm. One of this summer's 'hits'. (One of mine, anyway.)"
"OMG! I just checked out some of your music and the “Smitten” music video is... AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
"A Nilsson for the modern generation."
"If Brian Wilson had a nice dad, this is the kind of music he would have made!"
The Simple Carnival
Send an email to Jeff Boller of Sundrift Productions