The followup to
the 2007 EP Burning Birthdays, full length debut Technicolor Health finds Brooklyn’s
Harlem Shakes offering a more refined and well orchestrated sound. The band combines
electronica, rock and world beat using keyboards, horns, and jangly guitars,
with vocal harmonies melding with singer Lexy Benaim’s, nasally falsetto.
True to form,
Benaim’s lyrics remain cynically tongue-in-cheek; as he sings in the fast-paced
“Strictly Game,” “Make a little money/Take a lot of shit/Feel real bad then get
over it/This will be a better year.” Comparisons
to White Rabbits or Vampire Weekend are inevitable for the group, yet Harlem
Shakes still manage to conjure a sound
all their own.
Tracks: “TFO,” “Winter
Water” APRIL S. ENGRAM