Spencer Carlson
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Spencer Carlson

Seattle, WA | Established. Jan 01, 2006 | SELF

Seattle, WA | SELF
Established on Jan, 2006
Band Alternative Singer/Songwriter


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"Northwest Music Month - Day 30: Spencer Carlson"

"Ladies and gentlemen, hello and welcome to the 30th and final day of Northwest Music Month 2016, where we’ve featured a different local band or artist for your music discovering pleasure every day all throughout the month of June, to help ring in a summer of local music. Some days these artists were regional favorites that had already amassed respectable fan-bases, and other days they’ve been completely unknowns you’ve likely never heard of (for the “I heard about these really cool artists before they were famous!” crowd). We’ll be sad to see Northwest Music Month go, but this is just a taster for what we have coming down the pipeline, which we’ll be announcing later today. In the meantime, however, we’d like to use the final day of this segment to turn you onto one of our scene’s best, Spencer Carlson.

Hailing from Seattle and its vast singer-songwriter movement, Spencer Carlson has been a local darling ever since he first broke onto the scene with his first album, the boldly-titled I’m Pretty Sure This World Has Cancer, released in the early days of 2011. As you may expect from an album of this title, the lyrics on this album don’t mince words; they aren’t afraid to get personal and cutting. Carlson is clearly influenced by local indie folk singing-songwriter greats like Elliott Smith, but unlike the more abstract and introspective songwriters that inspire him, Spencer has the virtue of directness at his disposal; his songs are easier to relate to, and easy to pick up and enjoy regardless of what mood you’re in.

In the time since releasing this record, he’s had a fairly eventful half-decade, releasing his most successful album to date, The Universe Is Screaming (which you can find physically in select record stores in Seattle) in 2014, and more recently, releasing his “Porcelain” single, whose main track and B-side were produced by Ken Stringfellow of The Posies, which is a pretty impressive cosign around these parts. On top of that, Carlson also had the opportunity to open for The Posies just last month. Spencer has also received praise from the likes of Marco Collins and our friends at Nada Mucho, who included him in their “41 Seattle Bands We’re Watching in 2015” list. It’s not hard to see why Carlson is so well-regarded around these parts, he’s obviously spent the several years he’s been on the map honing his craft.

For singer-songwriter aficionados, Spencer Carlson is one of those solo acts you have to know about. We can only hope his latest promising pair of tracks are a teaser towards a third full-length release before the year is over." - Northwest Music Scene

"Promote This: Spencer Carlson, Tokki Bloom and Voxmirage"

"Spencer Carlson – “Alien” and “The Universe is Screaming”

Title song from a long-percolating digital album from this Seattle singer/songwriter (pictured above). Low-fi production on gentle, catchy, acoustic-guitar-strum-heavy indie pop. Some well-arranged strings add to this song of isolation, but the muddy sound is distracting. ”

On “Alien,” acoustic guitar strumming opens with Spencer’s gentle, double-tracked vocals arriving to tell an autobiographical story of youthful angst. Clever, quirky lyrics and some tastefully added synths and a guitar solo bridge the tune midway through. Universal, but overplayed theme, but smartly done." – Abe Beeson - Nada Mucho


Still working on that hot first release.



Spencer Carlson is a Western Washington native. Spencer Carlson was originally a drummer since he was twelve years old. He didn't start investing time into the guitar until around the age of sixteen, taking inspiration from Elliott Smith, Nirvana and Jon Foreman (Switchfoot). 

In 2011 Spencer released his debut album "I'm Pretty Sure This World Has Cancer" recorded in a studio in his stomping grounds, Monroe, WA. This twelve track album is all acoustic and vocals with slight electric guitar.

In July of 2014 Spencer released his sophomore album, "The Universe is Screaming" engineered by David Jenkins at Uberbeatz Studios, and mastered by Steve Turnidge of UltraViolet Studios. This album contained eleven songs with both minimalistic acoustic songs and a few tracks featuring a full band.

In 2015, Spencer was requested to play at Northwest Folklife festival and KIRO Radio's Holiday Magic Musical.

In 2016, Spencer met up with Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, R.E.M., Big Star) to record two singles at Mars studio. A few months after their release, Spencer was requested to open for The Posies at Hilliard's Brewery.

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