Strawberry Heritage

December 22, 2011

Just like all the studio magic in the world can’t turn awful music into hits (well, it used to be that way), no amount of tape hiss or lack of decent recording equipment can take away the impact of great songwriting. Grand Rapids trio Strawberry Heritage is a perfect example with their seven track EP The Demo Tapes that might actually have gained from it. A sort of low-key mix of indie and heartfelt folk music performed with guitar, banjo, percussion and some occasional violin it was presumably recorded live, giving it a homey, honest feel that’s really endearing and makes you focus on the songs themselves.

Totally unproduced you still get treated to some really nice music with hooks and a down-to-earth quality that suits them perfectly. Available as a free download you should definitely check these guys out!

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://strawberryheritage.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Strawberry-Heritage/323347821015080

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High Pop

December 18, 2011

Well, here’s a charming oddity for you! US outfit High Pop‘s second EP Hippie Speed Ball offers up something he/they (?) call “Charlie Sheen Lo-Fi Garage Pop” (that’s a first huh?). We’re talking a somewhat noisy lo-fi hybrid of garage and pop with some weirdness thrown in every now and then for good measure. If you can imagine Beck meets the early tapes of Jay Reatard you’re halfway there.

Definitely not everybodys cup of tea, but I found it at least funny and interesting. Not too much information available about the band or release I’m afraid, but you can contact Shaun directly on Facebook. The release is available on cassette as well!

Sample track:

Bandcamp: http://highpopforever.bandcamp.com/
Website: http://highpopforever.tumblr.com/