Nutate is the culmination of two years’ worth of recording in three different cities by The Harvey Girls (with the help of turntablist DJ Sku and longtime collaborator and drummer Brent Piepergerdes). The album is a conscious attempt to move into electronic dance music -- hip hop, trance, and dub, among others -- but with a typical Harvey Girls' twist. “Don’t Go Stop” tells the story of an office worker who tries to talk the girl he loves into running away with him only to find himself alone on a nude beach. “Resh Day Lo,” where Eve recites a little D.H. Lawrence to seduce a handsome snake, features popular KC/SF rapper Approach as Satan. “Screech Beatle” contains the sounds of actual beetles as well as fighting catfish. “It’s Time for You to Go Outside” is made out of 8-bit keyboard lines and the shouts of the neighbors during a University of Kansas football game.
As for Melissa and Hiram, you should know they both like The Beatles; one of them loves the band during their mop top period, the other when they started smoking pot.
Here’s what a few people have said about their previous efforts:
[The Wild Farewell] vibrates through and through with a sense of possible, with a hopeful creative feeling and the sense that every place is special for its own reasons, that all geography resonates with its own unique magic.
--Dave Heaton, erasing clouds, May, 2006
Best of all is that Melissa Rodenbeek and Hiram Lucke [on Blabber ‘n’ Smoke] sound like hungry, undiscriminating pop fans who’ve managed to mash up a couple of decades' worth of musical history and alchemize it into their own sound with hooks, humor, and a coziness that comes from finding your artistic niche and sharing it with your significant other. Songwriting team with benefits, if you like.
--Chuck Zak, Delusions of Adequacy, June 9, 2006
I bought it [Declinate]. It's very good. If you don't buy it, you are diseased.
--COBRA!, Metafilter, April 27, 2007.