img_0042The Simple Carnival is the musical moniker of Pittsburgh-based singer/songwriter Jeff Boller.

Taking its musical cues from The Beach Boys, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Harry Nilsson, Burt Bacharach, and Electric Light Orchestra, The Simple Carnival aims to provide perky, lilting, darkly humorous, and mildly trippy songs that you’ll be humming throughout the day.

The Simple Carnival earned raves from the power pop press in 2008 with its second full-length album, Girls Aliens Food. The album appeared on a number of year-end “best of” lists and eventually spawned a small cult following in Japan. After a seven year gestation period, The Simple Carnival’s third and final album, Smitten, was released in early 2017.

Prior to the Smitten album, Boller played all of the instruments on The Simple Carnival’s recordings, overdubbing them one part at a time in his basement studio. The Smitten album still has Boller playing most of the instruments, but the sound has been augmented by several outside musicians and vocalists. Because of the impracticality and expense involved with recreating its meticulously-produced studio sound, The Simple Carnival has never played live.

In addition to helming The Simple Carnival, Boller is also an award-winning filmmaker. He is currently working on Smitten 3D, an animated music video movie that will serve as a companion piece to the Smitten album.

Smitten 3D: An Animated Work in Progress



  • Menlo Park EP (2004, Sundrift Records)
  • Sonic Rescue League Vol 1 (2006, Sundrift Records)
  • Me and My Arrow EP (2008, Sundrift Records)
  • Girls Aliens Food (2008, Sundrift Records)
  • Girls Aliens Food (2012 remastered edition with bonus tracks, Disques Dessinee)
  • Smitten (2017, Sundrift Productions)


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