Big Harp, “Born Strange” (Books On Tape Remix)

Blake Gillespie

Big Harp

Big Harp's “Some People Are Born Strange” is equipped with a bassline remix extraordinaire Books On Tape need not touch. The original version, off Big Harp's sophomore record Chain Letters, is skeletal compared to the big big orchestration of tracks like “You Can't Save 'Em All”, skeletal in comparison to BsOT's remix embellishments in modulation.

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On “Some People…” Big Harp explore a stripped terrain reminiscent of The Black Keys' Magic Potion days, which bodes better for Big Harp since they hadn't spent their previous record collecting fans of maximalist garage rock. Curious enough when Books On Tape gets ahold of “Some People…” he travels along the Keys' Danger Mouse collaborations and Blackroc project sonic spectrum. The pairing of a Saddle Creek band like Big Harp with an LA electro-noise specialist like Books On Tape will turn heads as to how these two artists got on one another's radar (short story, Stephanie Drootin-Senseney of Big Harp is the sister of BsOT, aka Todd Drootin), but often those unlikely collaborations often reward highest and lead to new discoveries on future records.

Big Harp are headed out on a European tour, dates below. Chain Letters is out now on Saddle Creek.

July
11 – Lorrach, DE, Stimmen Festival
12 – Lausanne, CH, Festival de la Cité
14 – Munich, DE, Fierwerk
15 – Zurich, CH, El Lokal
17 – Berlin, DE, Monarch
19 – Aachen, DE, Musikbuncker
20 – Offenbach, DE, Hafen 2
22 – Diksmuide, BE, 4AD
23 – Gent, BE, Boomtown

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