Harper Blynn CD Release Shows
Loneliest Generation is the debut record from Harper Blynn, a Brooklyn, NY-based based four piece named for its two principle songwriters, Pete Harper and J.Blynn. Produced by David Kahne (The Strokes, Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney), this is a stunning first album that presents a young band with a timeless sound that melds dead-on, glorious four-part harmonies with a finely honed sense of songcraft. It's an album about something, as the title suggests.
The album was recorded over 10 days in New York City and represents the band's knack for writing catchy, hook-filled tunes with an impressive live show. Featuring drummer Sarab Singh and a Dutch bass player who goes by the name "Whynot," the group's seemingly effortless four-part harmonies and dead-on live shows have a confidence and rock-solid feel that's impressive for a band releasing their debut.
Both Harper and Blynn play guitar, with Harper switching off on keyboards on some numbers, such as soulful "Centrifugal Motion" and "Steal Your Love."
The album opens with "25 Years," a reflection on life that raises doubts about direction and making choices that mean something, with its lingering refrain "25 years and nothing to show.")." "The Doubt" starts with a deceptively minimal arrangement, allowing the emotional lyrics and unadorned vocal performance to draw the listener in as the song builds to a powerful, gorgeously layered ending. Harper Blynn's songs seem instantly familiar, but you realize that you're hearing an original new voice that just sounds right.
THU 5/06/10 New York, NY @ Joe's Pub (Pete and J acoustic set)