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Springtime Carnivore, ‘Springtime Carnivore’

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. As a writer, Morgan often waxes romantic: “I’m a love song/ Just a love song/ Waiting for the dancefloor to fill in/ To be of use for somethin’,” she sings on “Other Side of the Boundary.” Co-produced with pop auteur Richard Swift, the album is interspersed with instrumental interludes in search of a soundtrack. “Sun Went Black,” its centerpiece, slices through candy-coated choruses to reveal fuzzed-out guitars and a snarl in Morgan’s voice. Frothed like peaks of meringue, her multitracked harmonies on “Keep Confessing” suggest a jam session between the Beach Boys and Les Paul & Mary Ford. Even the unadorned, downbeat moments, such as “Find a New Game,” have a luminous glow. (Out now)

JAMES REED


ESSENTIAL “Sun Went Black”

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