Carrousel Release 10-Track Album ‘Magnificent Desolation’

It’s sweeping sonic echos plus interwoven soft and primal vocals—highly cinematic.

By Kate Ferguson

Carrousel Release 10-Track Album 'Magnificent Desolation'

Photos by Bliss Katherine

Indie duo Carrousel has released a 10-track album called Magnificent Desolation—and it’s pretty incredible. It’s sweeping sonic echos plus interwoven soft and primal vocals—highly cinematic.

The Los Angeles-based duo is made up of Joel Piedt (songwriter, vocals, production) and Sharon Piedt (songwriter, vocals.)

“Digital Subterfuge” is probably my personal favorite song off the album. It sort of feels like a performance that might take place at a jazz club on Mars. Or, going back to the cinematic element, an otherworldly, yet painfully human moment in the midst of a futuristic movie.

Magnificent Desolation is just one part of a four-album project, which pays homage to Joel’s hometown of Memphis.

The region has become an intrinsic part of the band’s identity, particularly since moving away the South—in a sense, more as an allegory of a space than a literal representation of the place.

This Southern identity influences their sound with the origins of the blues, soul, and rock-n-roll.

“Memphis as beauty, Memphis, even, as Heaven.”

But the experimental result is sometimes haunting, from the deep origins and the future at the same time.

Memphis on Mars?

Earlier this year Carrousel released their EP I Wasn’t Well, which examined the fraught dystopia of life and the spiraling process of depression, both within an individual and a nation.

Magnificent Desolation is just one part of a four-album project, which pays homage to Joel’s hometown of Memphis. The region has become an intrinsic part of the band’s identity, particularly since moving away the South—in a sense, more as an allegory of a space than a literal representation of the place.

Carrousel Release 10-Track Album 'Magnificent Desolation'

This Southern identity influences their sound with the origins of the blues, soul, and rock-n-roll. “Memphis as beauty, Memphis, even, as Heaven.” But the experimental result is sometimes haunting, from the deep origins and the future at the same time.

Earlier this year Carrousel released their EP I Wasn’t Well, which examined the fraught dystopia of life and the spiraling process of depression, both within an individual and a nation.

From that EP they released two experimental music videos for “Psychobabble Drama” and “A Solitary Soul,” as well as held a month-long residency at the famed Hotel Cafe in L.A.

Find Carrousel: Instagram | Spotify

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