Carly and The Universe Press Kit
New Music to be released 2020
Coming off the success of The Whole Shabang, the band has now released their sophomore album A Greater Thing. The overall sound is Pop with a sweet soulful touch, making them the perfect band for a late night show after a rough work week.
The band, which has been together for the past three years, is composed of lead singer Carly Liza, guitarist Mike Post, bassist Freddy Hernandez, drummer Cameron Clark and keyboardist Artur Zakiyan. Their release was nominated for Best CD (Group) at the LA Music Critic Awards, and received outstanding press from Ear Milk, Vanyaland and Buzzbands.
The new album has been recorded at MooseCat Recording, a private vintage analog recording studio created by Carly Liza and Mike Post.
Although Liza’s sweet lilting voice is unique in many ways, it also bears the strength of such performers as Amy Winehouse and Gwen Stefani, rising upon the beat of the music to settle into that sweet spot in the listener’s auditory spectrum. This new album release reveals a stronger musical vision than previous efforts, and should elevate Carly and The Universe to a wider recognition as one of the best soul and pop bands.
Song Reviews - A Greater Thing
EARMILK - LOS ANGELES, CA
The five man band known as Carly and the Universe are back with a new visual release simply titled "Listen". The band made up of lead singer Carly Liza, guitarist Mike Post, bassist Freddy Hernandez, drummer Cameron Clark and keyboardist Artur Zakiyan have been delivering their unique, somewhat offbeat brand of soul infused pop songs for a minute now. Their first release was the 11 track 'The Whole Shebang' LP which ushered in the band's signature blend of a myriad of genres with a touch of that vintage sound.
Their new release "Listen" which is the 3rd single off the band's upcoming sophomore album 'A Greater Thing' is a catchy pop number that is also super groovy. In the video we get sucked into the smooth, lush song with an entertaining premise. The song which dwells on taking responsibility in a relationship has a quite different visual representation. Carly's voice seems to be travelling from one band member to the other and we the viewers are left wondering as to what exactly is going on. It's pretty simple and fun to watch.
The new album is due out March 30th, 2018.
VANYALAND - BOSTON, MA
By: Victoria Wasylak
To make art is to make sacrifices, and for Los Angeles troopers Carly And The Universe, it means piling thick goop on your chest until your dress straps bust, all for the sake of a killer music video. And singer Carly Liza takes it like a damn champ.
Today the group dropped the music video for “Black & Blue,” their latest release from forthcoming album A Greater Thing, and the video spares us few details on their creative process.
Drenched head to torso in red slime, and later in a galaxy-like bath of murky black water, Liza visually and vocally unravels the heaviness of the tune in an experimental jazz-blues fusion (and the thought of the off-camera dress casualty just hits home how cumbersome that sludge really was).
“We just wanted to paint a picture to our audience that this release is more of build-up type of song, as opposed to some of the more heavy-hitting tunes we have on the album,” Liza says. “There isn’t much of a direct story with the song lyrically, but it’s the first song we finished writing for the album.”
The shift in genres presents a slight detour for the band’s usual pop repertoire, but the track’s noir undertones are deliberate; Carly And The Universe carved out the song as more of an eerie outlier in their catalogue.
“‘Black & Blue’ definitely isn’t much like the rest of the album, but it is an eerie style that we do like to write in and embody somewhere on each album that we do,” Liza adds. “The album is pretty varied in terms of styles, with this one sort of standing on its own.”