Get There (Minor Alps album)

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Get There
Get There (Minor Alps album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Minor Alps (band)
Juliana Hatfield
Matthew Caws
Released October 29, 2013 (2013-10-29)
Recorded Hoboken, New Jersey
Genre Pop rock
Length 40:05
Label Barsuk Records

Get There is a studio album collaboration by American singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws (lead singer of the band Nada Surf) under the band name Minor Alps. It was released on October 29, 2013 by Barsuk Records.

Background[edit]

Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws, friends and infrequent collaborators since the early 1990s—they met at some Nada Surf shows[1][2]—decided to form a band together and work on a project that is this resulting record.

The name of the band, Minor Alps, is a reference to the location of a cottage Caws' parents owned in France near Mont Ventoux.[1][2] Caws described the mountain as a "minor alp" to a friend, and the expression stuck in his mind. "In the tradition of Iron Butterfly or Led Zeppelin, band names that contain contradictions, we chose Minor Alps—humble mountains," said Caws.[3]

Recording[edit]

Hatfield and Caws co-wrote the record and sung on all of the songs together. They also played all of the instruments with the exception of drums and programming, which were supplied by Parker Kindred (Joan As Police Woman, Antony and the Johnsons, second Jeff Buckley record) and Chris Egan (Say Hi To Your Mom, Computer Magic, Solange).[1] Egan used a Roland TR-909 drum machine from the late 1980s to provide percussion.[4] The record was co-produced by Tom Beaujour, in Hoboken, New Jersey.[2]

Cover album artwork[edit]

Photographer Tyler Coray[5] took the photograph on the cover of the record. Design and layout by Derek Vander Griend.[1][2][6]

Release[edit]

The record was released by Barsuk in the United States, Ye Olde Records in the United Kingdom/European Union, Stop Start Records in Australia, Only in Dreams in Japan, and Inker in Brazil.[7]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 81/100 [8]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[9]

The album was generally met with positive evaluations from critics. In Metacritic site it holds a score of 81 which means "Universal acclaim".[8] Allmusic granted the album 4 stars out of 5, noting it was "a collaboration in the best sense of the word, with the two musicians bringing out the best in one another, their individual strengths coming together in a set of smart, well-crafted performances."[9]

Rolling Stone characterized the music as "mostly reflective and intimate" with the two "harmonizing over fragile electronics and unobtrusive acoustic guitars."[10] NPR music writer and editor Stephen Thompson said that Hatfield and Caws "together they have a very light, agreeable touch that to me is incredibly appealing."[11]

BrooklynVegan described the record as "appealingly mellow pop, with arpeggiated guitars, gentle electronics, and the occasional melotron. Mostly, though, it's about Caws and Hatfield's voices which sound pretty great together."[12]

American Songwriter, while calling the project an "oddly named sympathetic collaboration," said that "each tune blending into the next with little for the listener to hang on to beyond the overall gauzy mood" was "somewhat bland and forgettable."[13]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Buried Plans" 2:16
2. "I Don't Know What to Do With My Hands" 3:54
3. "Far from the Roses" 4:06
4. "If I Wanted Trouble" 3:51
5. "Maxon" 2:53
6. "Wish You Were Upstairs" 3:12
7. "Mixed Feelings" 2:23
8. "Radio Static" 3:31
9. "Lonely Low" 3:43
10. "Waiting for You" 5:10
11. "Away Again" 5:04

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Kane, Tyler (August 12, 2013). "Juliana Hatfield, Nada Surf's Matthew Caws Form Minor Alps". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Cubarrubia, RJ (August 12, 2013). "Juliana Hatfield, Nada Surf's Matthew Caws Team Up in Minor Alps". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Hill, Michael. "WXPN Welcomes Minor Alps (Matthew Caws of Nada Surf and Juliana Hatfield)". World Cafe Live. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  4. ^ Levith, Will. "Minor Alps, Major Chops: Juliana Hatfield and Matthew Caws of Nada Surf Discuss Their New 'Soft Goth' Band". Diffuser.fm. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "minor alps - Tyler Coray". Tyler Matthew Coray. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Minor Alps". The Creative Basement of Derek Vander Griend. Retrieved 25 November 2013. 
  7. ^ Caws, Matthew (August 12, 2013). "Introducing Minor Alps". NadaSurf.com. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Get There (Minor Alps album) at Metacritic Retrieved 1 November 2013.
  9. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "Review: Minor Alps". Allmusic. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Reed, Ryan (October 22, 2013). "Matthew Caws, Juliana Hatfield Debut New Band Minor Alps - Premiere". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Chakrabarti, Meghna (August 26, 2013). "Juliana Hatfield And Matthew Caws Unite As 'Minor Alps'" (Audio interview). WBUR / NPR. Here and Now. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Pearls, Bill (August 12, 2013). "Juliana Hatfield & Nada Surf's Matthew Caws are Minor Alps, album and tour this fall (dates)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  13. ^ Horowitz, Hal (October 28, 2013). "Minor Alps: Get There". American Songwriter. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 

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