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Harlem began life as a duo of duel vocalists Michael Coomers and Curtis O'Mara who switch between guitar and drums according to who wants to sing, they've recently employed the assistance of bassist Jose Boyer for there sixteen track debut on Matador. Having honed their skills in various dive bars and shoe box venues in their home state of Texas, Harlem exude a confident songwriting approach that touches on garage rock, indie pop and new wave in equal measures. Having a sound that is very much en vogue will no doubt help these folks garner attention in pitchfork circles and such so that gives you an impression of what to expect. Sorta like The Soft Pack or Lovvers but with that stripped down two piece approach. Certainly worth a listen.
8/10 Penrith Steve 14th November 2014
“Hippies” contains 16 extremely enjoyable sing-a-long guitar pop gems. All the tracks are concise and to the point, no waste. Influenced by Nuggets box sets and Beach Boys melodic sensibilities, I would say. Great! The standout tracks for me are "Someday Soon" and “Gay Human Bones” but it’s all gooood.
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