Editors’ Notes From Free Drugs to Hippies, the Austin band Harlem seems to be working on a theme. (How about Sexual Revolution for album number three?) This charming trio kicks up a ruckus with a retro feel, but it’s more ‘60s basement party than garage-fest. There’s a lo-fi, lo-tech vibe here, but the band eschews the current trend of oversaturated reverb and high noise levels for something more akin to an earnest, D.I.Y, vintage pop-loving aesthetic. A variety of flavors permeate Hippies: “Torture Me” has a Ramones-on-Top of the Pops vibe; “Pissed” and “Spray Paint” are direct descendants of garage punk; the wistful pop of “Someday Soon” yearns to be played on a transistor radio; “Stripper Sunset” is an undulant, howling guitar grind. Most tracks, like “Be Your Baby” and “Gay Human Bones,” find the band in a shambling, jangly groove that brings to mind 7” singles, summer barbecues and polyester, not to mention serious dance moves. Harlem has a little edge, but it’s just enough to cut the cake into nice, bite-sized pieces.

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Someday Soon
1
2:39
 
Friendly Ghost
2
3:01
 
Spray Paint
3
2:03
 
Number One
4
1:31
 
Be Your Baby
5
2:11
 
Gay Human Bones
6
3:31
 
Torture Me
7
2:52
 
Cloud Pleaser
8
2:22
 
Faces
9
1:58
 
Tila and I
10
2:33
 
Three Legged Dog
11
2:38
 
Prairie My Heart
12
2:55
 
Scare You
13
2:08
 
Stripper Sunset
14
1:49
 
Pissed
15
2:23
 
Poolside
16
3:37
 
Sugar Foot (Bonus Track)
17
2:29
 

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