|Melissa und Hiram- aka The Harvey Girls|
So it's with great pleasure that I can announce THG's latest- Sidereal Time, coming out October 9 on Circle Into Square. Checking out albums like this- Portland act, Portland recorded, Portland label, unhipster- is exactly what Crappy Indie Music was made for.
If there is such a thing as the "Portland sound" as I understand it, Sidereal Time has it. Sure, the songs are low-key pop with a wistful vocal sound- think Mark Oliver Everett- and prominent acoustic guitar elements, but we also hear harps, glockenspiel, banjo (provided by the legendary Josh Millard) and more. Mind you, I realize this is not a new technique. Everyone from half-assed garage acts to slick and soulless big label projects have a zither and a hurdy gurdy or whatever, but sometimes an album is more than the sum of its parts. The lyrics are smart without being "clever" and cute without being "twee", but where Sidereal Time stands out is a ... darkness. Sometimes it's obvious, in songs with deep drones or layered field recordings, but other times seemingly only implied. Surely I don't have to tell you that for a work of art to possess a certain mystery is nothing but good.
So have a listen to Sidereal Time, and pick it up on the 9th. The Harvey Girls will be playing a release show on October 13th at the Record Room, backed by Rllrbll (I can hear Goldie squeeing now!) and Wow/Flutter. This is neither the full THG studio sound, or Hiram's lone shoegaze, but a sort of THG power prog trio. Sounds like a spicy meatball to me!