Harlem-based indie rock quartet, Baskervilles, are no strangers to ’60s Brit-pop and ’70s Sire new wave and itâ€™s evident on their newest album, Twilight, produced by the legendary Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Pavement, Birds of Avalon). And though Baskervilles draw on the past for some inspiration, their songs are infused with buoyant and modern pop sensibilities. The result is one of the finer strains of music likely to brush its melodic tentacles across your eardrums this year.
If the name Baskervilles sounds familiar, you might recognize them from their headlining slots at 2005â€™s San Francisco PopFest and 2007â€™s New York Popfest. Or perhaps you were at the swingerâ€™s party that Baskervilles once performed at by accident. Maybe youâ€™re aware of their 2004 benefit for Dan Treacy and the Television Personalities or their 2002 performance at Zurich, Switzerlandâ€™s Migros Museum, where they performed in connection with an exhibit called, St. Petrischnee: 60s/70s Psychedelic and Transgender Art, which included work by Yayoi Kusami, Theo Altenberg and a film show curated by Pulpâ€™s Mark Webber.
Baskervillesâ€™ self-titled debut album was released in 2004 with the Midnight EP coming out a year later on NYCâ€™s Secret Crush Records. Twilight was originally conceived and released as a series of 14 free downloads on Baskervilles.net. The site served as a musical and visual art exhibition with each song featuring corresponding artwork from important contemporary artists such as Wilhelm Sasnal, Lothar Hempel and Andrew Guenther. Keeping in that tradition on the full-length, each song paints its own picture as part of a larger collage. Drawing on classic pop influences, Twilight is an album for fans of proto-punk bands like Talking Heads, Roxy Music, and Blo ndie as well as contemporary acts such as Belle & Sebastian, Apples In Stereo, and the Shins. Thereâ€™s no denying that Baskervilles and Twilight are here and now.
Rob Keith (vocals, guitar)
Stephanie Finucane (vocals, keyboards, guitar)
Chirstoph Gerozissis (bass)
Craig Van Orsdale (percussion, vocals)
“Twilight is simply amazingly jaunty and catchy.” – Delusions of Adequacy
“UK-inspired pop from a New York band.” – USA Today
“This is going to be a tough act to follow up.” – Aiding & Abetting
“These guys know their way around bombastic and underhanded pop.” – RetroLowFi
“The happy is stepped up about six or seven notches, staking claim for feel good album of the summer.” – AntiMusic
“All the hip kids will be stashing this on their Ipods throughout the summer.” – Midwest Record
“This record overflows with delectable little ditties swimming in sweet melodies.” – Burnside Writers Collective
“They fit along perfectly with bands like The Long Blondes and Camera Obscura.” – Crashin’ In
“This record overflows with cruising sweet melodies and the perfect blend of mixing.” – Melodic.net