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Piggledy Pop digs it!

Posted on September 20, 2017

Marie-Agnès Hallé at Piggledy Pop digs The Simple Carnival’s Smitten album!

The review is in French and can be found here. Here’s an English translation courtesy of Google:

Behind the name The Simple Carnival is the excellent musician and songwriter Jeff Boller. Touche-a-tout, a magician of pop, he likes to be an admirer of the Beach Boys, Todd Rundgren, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Harry Nilsson, Burt Bacharach and Electric Light Orchestra. He embroideres, plays and produces brilliant harmonies at home in Pittsburg since the signing of his first jewel of 11 titles Menlo Park EP. I class this first gallop in the easy-listening vein and the second, Sonic Rescue League Vol 1, comprising 20 tracks, more in that of the sunshine-pop just like Girls Aliens Food and its 12 titles full of rich pop silky sixties. These three fabulous albums appear in the year 2015 and I recommend them warmly. As our dear friend Margo Guryan says “YAY! Looks like good music is coming back!”

February 14, 2017, The Simple Carnival takes off with the magnificent Smitten whose 11 tracks impress me. All the elements to seduce are there: inspiration and quality instrumentation with a touching and amusing interpretation. Jeff’s song is as romantic as it is efficacious, crystalline at will. His texts are delicate, colorful, as if a gramophone projected images on screen by his pavilion. The cinematographic methods are at the heart of the album, the essence of the songs and present in 3D videos that require a nice pair of red and blue glasses. For this method, The Simple Carnival and his team reaped in 2016 the award of the best video of the National Stereoscopic Association convention (3D-Con) for the title The Problem with Friends.

It is the sensual and amorous Smitten who enters the track at the opening of the album of the same name. The choruses coo, Jeff’s voice slips sensuously on the languid and funky moog. From the outset the American author distinguished himself and illustrated himself as a master of harmonic pop. Delicious arrangements can sometimes take us back through the shoulder straps at the time fluorescent leggings and eighties shoulder jackets. The dancing notes of Lunch for Dinner and the wah-wah of the guitar lead into a whirlwind of ‘hooo hooo haaa haaa’ to the joyful and twisting rhythm of the awesome Elizabeth’s House. One follows the adventure of the protagonist who is preparing to make the court to the said Elizabeth by going to her place on the playful tempo. The atmosphere lends furiously to dancing until sweet and sweet Everything that Grownups Know. Jeff Boller, who provides all the instruments except Chris Belin’s drummer, transcends the compositions by filling the space of his voice and under his designer cape, transcends his videos by filling the space of his pencil.

The line-up of solid guitars and class resplendent on the bassy drums and bass of Go Away I Like You Too Much when the ballad A Geek Like Me, with the alternating tempo enjoys singing ‘nananana’ in chorus with the maestro Boller . The disco-pop of Kiss Her You Dummy makes hesitate to release the disco balls of the cupboard (because one has already push the coffee table which blocks the access). The blooming groovy and funky melody unfolds strong and racy. The pop atmosphere continues with the delicious The Problem with Friends and makes a sensation. The study of harmonies and arrangements continues eloquent and eloquent on Tornado, dedicated to young parents, wanted no battery that does not miss his glorious and laughing return on That Thing We Got, sound candy where the electric guitar comes to have fun in the way Believer of the Monkees or Sugar Sugar of the Archies. The voices that count Heidi Engel’s participation take off in chorale-style guys with yeah yeah that swing vibrations and an ultra positive feeling. To finish so savoringly, it is an instrumental version of Smitten that closes this sublime disc, full of hits, impossible to decide between. The Prolific and Inspired Simple Carnival concocts his songs as the current undisputed master of pop genre 100% disco sunshine and Smitten is a wonder pop; ideal gift of Valentine’s Day.

Kiss Her You Dummy cover

Posted on July 11, 2017

If The Simple Carnival ever performs live, there’s a new backup vocalist that I can call.

Kiss Her You Dummy (Jason on background lyrics)

Interview in Stereo World magazine

Posted on April 01, 2017

I was interviewed about The Simple Carnival’s 3D music videos in the latest issue of Stereo World.

Scroll down to read the interview or download it as a pdf.

I <3 Japan

Posted on March 31, 2017

Thanks to dessinee in Japan for stocking The Simple Carnival’s Smitten CD! You can read all about it here. (An English translation can be found here.)

Smitten t-shirt and CD giveaway

Posted on February 28, 2017

Got a very nice writeup from German web site Soundkartell…and will be giving away a free Smitten t-shirt and signed Smitten CD!

Read the article in German here…or the English translation here.

Girls Aliens Food makes Best of 2017 list

Posted on February 23, 2017

The Simple Carnival’s Girls Aliens Food — released in 2008 — made one website’s list for being among the best albums of January 2017. Better late than never, I suppose! 🙂

Powerpopaholic reviews the Smitten album

Posted on February 21, 2017

A nice review of the Smitten album from Powerpopaholic!

 

When I Skyped into The New York Stereoscopic Association’s meeting last week, someone remarked, “You look like you’re on the Space Shuttle!”

I never thought of my studio as a spaceship, but I like the concept!

A big thanks to John Zelenka and Rosalie Chandler for being such gracious hosts. I wish I lived closer so I could have attended in person!

(Photo credit: Jim Harp)

Interview with Bill Everatt at Celtica Radio

Posted on February 18, 2017

I had the pleasure of speaking with Bill Everatt at Celtica Radio about the Smitten album. Listen in as I spill the beans about the song “Elizabeth’s House.”

Today’s the big day — The Simple Carnival’s Smitten album is finally here!

All CD pre-orders have shipped. Download links have been sent out to everyone who pre-ordered the album. And if you haven’t ordered anything yet, what are you waiting for? 🙂

(Don’t forget — you can also get the album from Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby, or Amazon.)

Thank you SO MUCH for your love, support, and patience over the years. Enjoy the music!

The Simple Carnival – Smitten (3D anaglyph)

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POSTS FROM THE 14 DAYS OF THE SIMPLE CARNIVAL

Day 1: Girls Aliens Food album
Day 2: Really Really Weird remixes
Day 3: GIVEAWAY! Last t-shirt standing
Day 4: “Bittersweet”: The Simple Carnival song you’ve never heard
Day 5: “Tornado” animated storyboard
Day 6: GIVEAWAY! A one-of-a-kind Simple Carnival ViewMaster reel!
Day 7: The making of the “Smitten” 3D music video
Day 8: “Smitten” cheesy laptop demo
Day 9: The making of “The Problem with Friends” music video
Day 10: The making of the “Everything that Grownups Know” music video
Day 11: The making of the “A Geek Like Me” music video
Day 12: GIVEAWAY! Inframan VHS tape prop
Day 13: GIVEAWAY! The Simple Carnival CD collection
Day 14: I wrote some songs…and you won’t believe what happened next

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Get The Simple Carnival’s fantastic final album, Smitten, from Bandcamp, iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, or simplecarnival.com!

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