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Minor Alps is the work of Nada Surf’s Matthew Caws and The Blake Babies’ Juliana Hatfield. Aside from occasional drumming and programming from Parker Kindred and Chris Egan, the two handle all the instruments and, most importantly, the vocals on Minor Alps' debut album, Get There. Both come from an alt-rock/power pop background, so it’s no surprise when the songs here hinge on hooks and harmonies. “I Don’t Know What to Do with My Hands” is a masterstroke of vibrating guitars and sweet melody. “Far from the Roses” buries its features a bit more with a deliberately dense mix. For space, “If I Wanted Trouble” leaves much of the verses open for moody bass and electric guitars that may remind one of the best days of late-‘80s and early-‘90s indie rock. Acoustic guitars and mellotron emerge on “Maxon,” where Caws and Hatfield harmonize with the natural chemistry of any fabulous duo (or trio) you’d care to name. This is a fruitful collaboration, from the songwriting to the performances.

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Best Duo

This is a great album… great songs, arrangements, etc., and I've been a big fan of both Hatfield (since earwig) and Caws (since I saw NS at SXSW a few years ago) but the selling point for me is Hatfield and Caws singing together. Man do they sound great! Almost sad they they didn't get together until now. Perfect match! Hopefully this is the 1st of many albums. Cheers!

I Should Know As Much By Now

I am a huge Nada Surf fan, but I really didn't know what to expect from this album after hearing "Buried Plans" on NPR, which has such a different sound than NS. But upon hearing the record in its entirety, I fell in love with it almost instantly. NS is always so contemplative, to which I relate a lot, and this album is much the same in that aspect. There are fewer up-tempo tracks, which is fine; it makes for an album you can really relax and sink into. The Hatfield-Caws harmonies are absolutely gorgeous, as is the instrumental layering. The result is a beautiful, sincere artistic effort that I can't seem to stop listening to. My favorite tracks are "I Don't Know What to Do with My Hands" and "Waiting for You," which could be stories of my own.

Love this album

I am a huge fan of both artists. I never imagined how great they would sound singing together. I can't stop playing "If I Wanted Trouble"!


Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

The brainchild of Nada Surf frontman Matthew Caws and singer/songwriter and ex-Blake Baby Juliana Hatfield, Minor Alps utilize elements from both of the veteran alt-rockers' repertoires, serving up an evocative blend of shimmering indie pop and autumnal electro-folk that lands somewhere between Junip, Bon Iver, and Dean + Britta. The...
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