Carrousel gives away mp3 from forthcoming break-up LP inspired by Beach Boys, Hemingway

Taking the concept of the break-up album to a grueling extreme, Florida band Carrousel spent 2 1/2 years making its debut, “27 rue de mi’chelle.”

The album was only supposed to take four months, after singer/mastermind Joel Piedt graduated from college and turned down a job to make a record hashing through the end of a relationship with a woman named — that’s right — Michelle.

Instead, the process ballooned into an emotionally, and financially, draining project that was inspired in part by the Beach Boys’ “Pet Sounds” and Ernest Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast.” Now, with a release date of May 1, the dream-pop/folk group is giving away a song from the album. The tune, “14,” pairs acoustic guitar with electric piano and crashing drums, a musical arrangement through which floats Piedt’s plaintive voice.

It’s a compelling tune, from an album that tells a compelling story.

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