Bands change names all the time. Witness Beyoncé's ego-triptastic transformation to Sasha Fierce as just one (pompously overblown) example. So the re-imagining of New York residents Pete & J into Harper Blynn isn't that noteworthy, in and of itself. When accompanied by news of a new release before the year is out, however, it makes the jump firmly into the "write right now" column.
Having gushed over the songwriting ability of the duo in passing for CMJ, we now have something more digitally tangible to focus on, as well as the fact that the remainder of the band is recognised as part of Harper Blynn. Rounded out by drummer Sarab Singh and Whynot (?!) Jansveld on bass duties, the quartet will squeeze in the digital release of new album 'Loneliest Generation' on December 15th, confounding H-T-A's attempts to get well ahead on the best of 2009 lists in the best possible way.
MP3: Harper Blynn - 25 Years
Taken from the forthcoming album 'Loneliest Generation'
Expectedly showcasing further the skills of these gentlemen to craft a beautifully laid back slice of melodic guitar-pop, '25 Years' already sounds timeless. Summoning memories of so many classic pop/rock songwriters, it offers every indication that the full length will follow suit and deliver an emotional, uplifting listening experience.
Harper Blynn will play NYC's Bowery Ballroom on Dec 17th to celebrate the release. I await with baited breath.
And just to avoid any confusion, yes this will be the first and last time Beyoncé is mentioned in these pages. Apologies in advance for any trauma that may have caused.