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Harlem are back, prepping first LP in 9 years (listen to “Swervin”)


You may remember Austin band Harlem, whose 2010 album, Hippies, was released on Matador, and who went on hiatus in 2012. Principle songwriters Coomers and Curtis have regrouped and Harlem are working on a new album, titled Oh Boy, that will be out on Valentine’s Day 2019. They made the album in Austin and mixed it in Joshua Tree. The album art, which you can check out below, features a cat statue that, oddly, kept popping up at various stages of production. Say Coomers:

I had already taken the photo of the cat that is the album art in Tucson. When we got to the studio the exact same cat sculpture (spray painted black) was on the tape machine. Then when we went to mix in Joshua tree at Hi-Dez recordings (with Nathan Loveland) someone was selling the same cat sculpture on the side of a dirt road. I guess plaster cats are kinda ubiquitous but we took it as a sign that we were on the right track.

Harlem shared single “Cry Now Cry Later” earlier this month and now here’s a second single, “Swervin,” that slinks along nicely in a Marc Bolan kind of way. That song premieres in this post and you can listen to that and “Cry Now Cry Later,” below.

Coomers tells us Harlem plans to tour starting around the release of the LP — stay tuned.

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