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Half Mile Harvest


Artist: The Teskey Brothers
Label: Decca Records
RRP: £13.99
Release Date: 26 October 2018

Blues and soul band The Teskey Brothers release their debut album Half Mile Harvest, via Decca Records. The album was originally self-released earlier this year, and this new version of the LP features two brand additional tracks, including the new single, 'I Get Up'...

Half Mile Harvest has been over 10 years in the making. The Teskey Brothers have been playing together since they were teenagers and this album is a collection of their shared experiences over the past decade. Originally from The Yarra Valley just outside Melbourne, Brothers Josh and Sam Teskey with local neighbourhood friends, Brendon Love and Liam Gough all share a love of 1960's American soul music.

Half Mile Harvest was recorded to 2-inch tape and honours the old school Motown sound, whilst also working it into something of their very own, with Josh Teskey’s smoked whiskey voice and the band holding an irresistible groove. It pays homage, beautifully to classic blues, dragging the genre into the present.

In a lot of ways there's an element of The Black Crows here, but the easiest way to describe it, to someone who hasn't heard their sound, is to imagine classic Mowtown brought right up to date.

The album contains 10 songs (50 min, 26 sec) and it's certainly an album that grows on you the more times you listen to it. While you'll enjoy it from the first play through, it's only with subsequent listens that you'll start to appreciate the subtleties that are just underneath the surface.


Nick Smithson

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