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CD REVIEW: Curious Mortal Minds by The Harper Conspiracy

The genre of the band, The Harper Conspiracy, is indie-rock. It’s also fun and danceable. The band is composed of five members. Harper is on vocals and she plays guitar, Shiana Ward Siegel is also a vocalist and plays the bass guitar, Grant Boiling plays the electric guitar, Phillip Orozco plays saxophone and harmonica, and Aidan Ward-Richter is on drums. These people have come together to make the four great songs which make up the Curious Mortal Minds album. It features songs that demonstrate strong singing capabilities and a meshing of sounds that only musicians skilled in multiple instruments can demonstrate.

The first song on the album is Carry Me sung by two strong voices. The song starts off soft and after an intro from delicate vocals and guitar the other instrumentals blast in. The song is about being tired. It starts off by discussing tired feet and goes on to say that those tired feet are exhausted but will keep on merely with their own strength. Here are some of the lyrics to better demonstrate the message of the song, “who’s going to carry me? My strength will carry me.” The words “carry me,” are repeated throughout the song to create a catchy tune. Journey is the next piece on the playlist; the song includes the prominent sound of a saxophone and the same strong vocals of the song before. It is also a  danceable song, Journey is about moving/ traveling, and it’s also about making the trip with another person who is significant to you.

The next piece on the list is Waves of Sweet Delight. The vocals begin with a sweeter tone with light, stringed instruments. Drums do chime in during parts of the song to add more intensity to the piece. This song sounds like a romance, but it’s actually a song about self-love. It’s about relaxing at the end of a long day to the sweet sounds of music that you enjoy. Waves of Sweet Delight also ends with a nice decline in the volume of the music, which works well to make the ending tidy. The last song of the playlist is Wayfinding Through Time.  The song starts with a nod to Groundhog Day and continues with the theme of the weather. It is a pleasant song appreciating the changing seasons. It follows the same fun sound of the other songs on the album, but with more guitar added. There is a guitar solo about half-way through the song.

Curious Mortal Minds is a testament to the talents of The Harper Conspiracy. The songs in the album require musicians with the ability to play multiple instruments. Otherwise the effect that the music has on listeners wouldn’t be as strong. The strength of the instrumentalist creates a great atmosphere for the song and the female singers carry the song through to its full potential. The Harper Conspiracy is an interesting band with talent; they work well together to make something which is harmonious and nice to listen to. This band is something extraordinary and music which should definitely be heard.

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by Jean Larue

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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