Hi, Love! Picking up where On Vacation left off, Carousel Waltz finds Ryland Bouchard (The Robot Ate Me) responding to political insanity and personal tragedy with an album based on hope, love, and the importance of transforming sorrow into joy.
While previous albums found Ryland's beautifully skewed pop songs occasionally obscured by intrepid experimentation and obtuse subject matter, Carousel Waltz is, on the contrary, disarmingly sweet, hopeful, and is quite possibly his most realized work to date.
Almost entirely written and recorded alone in a small bedroom, the songs are personal, achingly heartfelt, and completely timeless. Earnest love songs and inspirational lyrics twist and detour into one another and seem to become indistinguishable, as our narrator whimsically encourages us to feel alive, look up, and not give up. All of this is set to expansive orchestrations and the catchiest pop melodies this side of The Vaselines.
Carousel Waltz follows in the tradition of similar cracked masterpieces such as The Microphones' "The Glow Pt 2" and The Flaming Lips's "The Soft Bulletin," but retains a distinct and irresistible warmth that transcends comparison. In Carousel Waltz: Life is celebrated with trumpets! Love is lifted by clarinets! These are living songs made for people loving and fighting through every pitfall and every incredible moment that swings in their direction. This is the new album by The Robot Ate Me. Thank you!