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In many cases, Steal This Track might even be the first time a recording has seen daylight, and such is the case with this week’s delicious morsel. Jason Cain and Brittany Gould have no shortage of musical projects to keep them busy. While Cain records music as a solo artist (check out his EP, “Endless Rolling Sea,” on Bocumast Records), he is probably best known as frontman for angsty, adventurous Denver indie rock outfit Astrophagus. Gould made a big impression on the Denver music scene with the frenetic art-pop of the now-defunct Mannequin Makeout. Today, she can be found performing as a solo experimental electronic artist, under the name Married in Berdichev, as well as recording with Portland-based experimentalist Kevin Shields as Caldera Lakes.
The couple rarely performs live together. However, they recently recorded a song for a compilation assembled by Brian Gerhard of
Helmet Room Recordings Audio Loom, and they’ve decided to share it with you!
“Strawberry Spring” is a beautifully simple and melancholic song about the promise that comes with the beginning of a romance — like the steam from a fresh cup of tea — and the nearly inevitable ending that is written in the leaves at the bottom of the cup. Cain tells us that the phrase “strawberry spring” is meant to imply the opposite of “Indian summer.” That is, it evokes the freeze that comes after the first warm days of spring. As Cain’s gently plucked guitar sends whispering ripples across a serene, electronic pond, Gould’s diaphanous and vaguely wounded voice floats in and around Cain’s weathered baritone. The effect is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.
According to Cain, the compilation on which “Strawberry Spring” will appear will be available later this year as a free download later from Pablo’s Coffee’s website. However, lucky Reverb readers can have it right now. Enjoy.
Jason Cain and Brittany Gould | “Strawberry Spring” (right-click to save to your computer)
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Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track every Tuesday for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout every Friday.