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Harriets Got A Song
Somewhere in a city far, far away, a new hope is
Kwellerís new five-song EP released 24 June 2002 debuts
three tracks from the upcoming album, the nonchalantly
titled Sha Sha, and is new Warners imprint -
679 Recordings' first release since the commercially
and critically lauded Original Pirate Material
by The Streets.
An adopted New Yorker, Ben might sound a few thousand
miles away from his cross Atlantic counterparts, but
in spirit and lyrical tenacity heís right there with
them in urban Britannia.
When an artist manages to successfully blend so many
aspects of those he admires itís churlish to put them
into a box labelled A or B. To give you an idea, Benís
pop CV is bursting to the seams with quality support
slots, all of whom branch from the same tree he aims
to climb. Evan Dando, Pavement, the Eels, Dinosaur Jr
, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion,
the Moldy Peaches, and Mercury Rev- Benís brethren in
so much more than just a shared stage.
Flitting from melody-rich piano melancholy to warm
reams of poppy new-wave distortion, this EP reflects
but a brief glimmer from his jewel of a forthcoming
LP. How It Should Be (Sha Sha) couldíve been
a collaboration between Stephen Malkmus and Tom Petty
- spiraling wafts of psychedelia and keyboard. At the
other end of the scale, Harrietís Got A Song
is the more handsome and intelligent elder brother of
a US college rock and a definite radio hit in the making.
Ben Kweller's Sha Sha EP, is released through
679 Recordings on 24 June 2002.
For more information visit www.benkweller.com.