Wisdom of Harry

Stars of Super 8

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From the beginning of the first track of Stars of Super 8, Wisdom of Harry experiments with various beats and ambient sounds, setting themselves apart from other acts on the Matador label in 1999. Pete Astor makes his first vocal appearance on "Shotgun," adding his wispy and peaceful vocals to the electronic mix. "Disney Queen" features a return to the band's acoustic guitar roots, as they also take a shot at harmonizing and modifying their vocals. The electronic-based music continues with the synthesizer on "Hasa Toy Corporation," "Samovaar," and "Fragments of Harris." The psychedelic and playful beats on songs like "X Screen" are thoughtfully arranged, virtually creating a new breed of indie electronica. The guitar returns on "Marsh Blues," and "Loved." The altering musical approaches makes things interesting, surely. The band has been compared to other noisy indie rock bands, but Stars of Super 8 proved that they were willing and able to take their own chances in developing their own sound.

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