Sunday, November 29, 2015
Stutter Steps - Stutter Steps
The self-titled album, in my opinion, is one of the better debut releases this year. Our curator/musician has drawn from his bands like Yo Ya Tengo, Velvet Underground, Luna, The Bats, and Bill Callahan to make an album of evocative melodies and satisfying guitar textures. But Harrison isn't just making a patchwork quilt of worthy influences. He is blending them together to make his own statement via a warm and instantly familiar set of songs. Sometimes sounding recalling New Zealand post-punk, sometimes The Feelies or Galaxie 500, and sometimes a bit of dusty Americana. And then, there are the vocals. Ben has a gravelly but melodic baritone that brings to mind DIY godfather Calvin Johnson. When paired with the female vocals from Cindy Yogmas, the result is magic. You don't have to have been a fan of Beat Happening to celebrate this pairing, but it will make your appreciation that much greater.
In addition to Yogmas, Harrison fleshed out the songs with Jeff Baron (Essex Green/Ladybug Transistor) on guitar. Dean Wareham (Galaxie 500/Luna/Dean and Britta) also contributed guitar for the recording. The recording band included Sean Finn (drums), David Horn (bass), who with Harrison, Yogmas and Phil Jacoby (guitar), form the band for live shows.
Stutter Steps is released via Pittsburgh label Wild Kindness Records.
Wild Kindness Records