Artist to Watch: Baskervilles


The Baskervilles are a Harlem, N.Y.-based pop act that I first discovered some time ago through Pandora. I just found out that the Baskervilles have a new CD, “Twilight,” coming out June 3, 2008, on Secret Crush Records…and you can listen to the entire CD by visiting their Web site.

Here is an excerpt from their bio:

Harlem-based indie rock quartet, Baskervilles, are no strangers to 60s pop and 70s Sire new wave and it’s evident on their newest album, Twilight, produced by the legendary Mitch Easter (R.E.M., Pavement, Birds of Avalon). And though Baskervilles draw on the past for some inspiration, their songs are infused with buoyant and modern pop sensibilities. The result is one of the finer strains of music likely to brush its melodic tentacles across your eardrums this year. The band consists of Rob Keith (vocals, guitar), Stephanie Finucane (vocals, keyboards, guitar), Chirstoph Gerozissis (bass) and Craig Van Orsdale (percussion, vocals)…

Drawing on classic pop influences, Twilight is an album for fans of proto-punk bands like Talking Heads, Roxy Music, and Blondie as well as contemporary acts such as Belle & Sebastian, Apples In Stereo, and the Shins. There’s no denying that Baskervilles and Twilight are here and now.

I haven’t listened to the entire CD yet, but I do love the sound of the Baskervilles. This band released its first CD in 2004 and put out an EP a year later, so they have been around for a while. Hopefully, “Twilight” will bring the Baskervilles to a much wider audience.

Here is a free MP3 of “Caught in a Crosswalk” that you may also listen to below. Enjoy!