Sweaters and Pearls Records, a label that specializes mostly in 7" single and EPs. This specific area of interest connects directly to Deagan's other passion, which is his 7 Inches [Every Day] blog that reviews new 7" releases daily.
The contents of the package were as follows with a few words regarding each release:
American Flag EP
While I found American Flag mostly emulative, this release is a couple years old and it's very possible that Harpoon Forever's grown creatively. I haven't yet heard the band's newest LP, A Prince For All Seasons, which just came out in February.
Black vinyl 7;" 4 tracks.
You Are Not Going to Heaven
Though structurally there's not much new to hear, Soccer Mom works in some ethereal melodies that are distinct enough to latch onto and the band manages to attach some of its own signature to the idiom, songs like "(A) Natural History" and "American Flag (Eagle Flag 911)" reason enough to keep the record on rotation. I found myself putting this on a lot, actually. I'm not naive enough to think that some part of the brain engaged by nostalgia wasn't partly to blame, but You Are Not Going to Heaven is a well-crafted pop-fueled listen.
R. Stevie Moore
I Missed July 7"
With a considerable leap in time from the A-side to the flip side, Moore's humorous disposition remains consistent. Since recording methodology had time to evolve, the less refined and shaky psych-pop of "I Missed July" sounds more lo-fi than the much later composed "Traded My Heart For Your Parts," though it's more of a complete entity, certainly indicative of the era but also hook-driven. "Traded My Hearts For Your Parts" is more of a folky goof, amusing content put into motion by acoustic chords that bounce from ear to ear and a bass tone that yearns to lounge. It's an interesting selection of tracks and it could possibly be a good introduction to Moore's music, two artful approaches certainly inspired and enabled by time, place and the means with which to create.
Red vinyl 7;" 2 tracks.
Fat History Month
A Gorilla 7"
The band works in nuance, engaging in sonic tangents that resemble jams at points ("B") or falling hard on the notes generating a post-hardcore haze ("Heart Takes A Beating"). The opening track, "Gorilla," narrates death at the hands of its namesake, hard luck addressed in an almost joking manner till the outro seems to communicate some spiritual ascendency. They go out on a lonely instrumental called "()," a picked guitar melody strolling over top a percussive skip.
I liked this one a lot.
Yellow vinyl 7;" 4-tracks.
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