Harlem – Hippies [Album Review]

by Woody on April 23, 2010

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Harlem has been getting a boatload of buzz since the release of Hippies on April 6th via Matador Records. I admit that Harlem’s songs blended together at first and the album felt marginalized by countless other garage bands. But upon further listens, I noticed nuances in the trio’s music that grew on me. Hell, I finally figured out that there were two singers in the band.

Hippies is becoming one of my favorite listens when I need a jolt. The album has a host of tunes that are catchy as hell without trying too hard. Its raw, fun and has a devil-may-care attitude about it. A few of the standout tracks are Torture Me, Be Your Baby, Someday Soon, and Gay Human Bones. And like last year’s buzz band, Girls, Harlem is heavily influenced with sounds of the 50’s and 60’s.

The big challenge for Harlem will be what’s next. Can they make a fresh sounding new album? It remains to be seen. In the meantime, I am going to crank this one up and look forward to their set at Lollapalooza this year. In the shorter-term they are going to be in Chicago at The Bottle on 5/1.

Harlem – Friendly Ghost

Video: Harlem – Three Legged Dog (via The Fader)

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt Bialer April 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Thanks for the endorsement! It’s in my iPod and I am digging. Their fun. Hey, where’s the Dr. Dog review?

Alec Rothman April 26, 2010 at 10:44 am

I saw them in DC about a week ago and they put on an awesome show. After seeing them live I’m even more impressed than I was while just jamming out to the album.

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