If you like haunting, poignant, atmospheric and sharply satirical songs, you'll love Steve Carlson's latest release, PleasantVille. With ten original songs and a distinctive rendition of the late, great Dave Carter's Hey Ho rounding out the roster, PleasantVille leaves the listener with the impression that a snapshot of America is at hand: a snapshot taken through the eyes of a tender cynic with a prophetic voice. Need a second opinion?
Several years ago TimeOut London music reviewer Ross Fortune described Carlson's songs as, "tough, plangent and twisted contemporary American folk flavored rock songs, infused with a subtly intelligent and deeply individualistic air of dark humour and wised-up desperation". Whew! That's a mouthful!
With Carlsons extraordinary lyrics and appealing voice, combined with the deft and stylized production from Tom Fabjance and Jordan Grunow at Duluth, Minnesota's Sacred Heart Studio, PleasantVille is an experience that you won't want to miss.