Harper Blynn bring a prickly sense of depth to their self titled debut EP, a likeable familiarity married with a penchant for heart-coated sleeves. Formed over four years of DIY work ethic, in an often disheartening music landscape in New York City, the band (or previously, pieces of it) has worked to build their chops in writing the kind of jangly guitar pop that the LES is known for spewing in excess, albeit with a bit more memorable hooks to boast about. Thus their EP fits neatly into an unknown indie playlist, while maintaining its promise for eventual radio play. Harper Blynn may occasionally skew cheesy with their lines, but like our sappiest moments in real life, you can't help but smile a little at their sincerity.
Four part harmonies are not to be underrated in today's popscape, and Harper Blynn keeps this skill in heavy rotation. Ballads like "Start All Over" feel that much more epic with choruses that span octaves. Pair that with the fifth gear mobility of "Models/Dancers" and youve got several promising modes for Harper Blynn's melodic momentum. If the balance continues to be such a delicate web of sap and catchy tunes, their 2011 debut might be one of the most talked about.
It's hard to say where today's Harper Blynn fit in the music landscape. On the one hand, their New York City roots and club presence give them street cred, but the production, polish and poise of their tunes suggest a larger story arc is in the works. It's true much of the city-band success stories started playing Pianos and living in the LES, but the perceived cool is only half the battle. Plenty of acts play plenty of shows and never get past the fifty fan mark. These guys sound like they could bring a lot more to the table as a big act with big support, but with the music industry still in turmoil, how do you get from point A to point D on sheer talent? Maybe they'll show us.
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MP3: "Everybody's Talking"
Harper Blynn on Myspace