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Major Pursuit strikes a balance in sound and emotion on new With Feeling LP

Major Pursuit | photo by Ashley Gellman

The last thing many musicians would want to be is predictable. But for Philadelphia’s Major Pursuit, that’s never really been an issue. Since the project began several years back as Olivia Bellito’s solo endeavor it’s evolved steadily and naturally, all the while avoiding falling into a routine.

On previous recordings, Major Pursuit’s sound was sparse, but as they played more shows, a full band formed and their sound grew into the kind that can fill a room (or basement) with ease. With Feeling, the project’s second full-length, is the first to translate that sound onto record. The album is now out in full, just a few days after the band shared its opening track “When It’s Convenient for You.” We’ve also previously heard lead single “Rough,” which comes in the middle of the record as one of its most dynamic moments. Continue reading →

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Listen to Major Pursuit’s contemplative album opener “When It’s Convenient For You”

Major Pursuit | photo by Ashley Gellman

“Did you cry when your mom got sick / or were you numb by then?”

So opens “When It’s Convenient for You,” the latest single from Philly / Nazareth band Major Pursuit, the project of singer-songwriter Olivia Bellito. The contemplative four-minute burner doubles as an atmospheric lead-in to their latest record, With Feeling, and from the outset, it does not skimp on the feels, moving from addressing trauma and emotional distance to the ways that can affect friendship and companionship.  “I thought you were what I needed,” Bellito sings later, “but I was wrong.”  Continue reading →

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Major Pursuit’s debut full-band single, “Rough,” is a life lesson with soaring guitars

Major Pursuit | photo by Ashley Gellman

Somewhere between 2016 and 2018, Major Pursuit grew from a sparse, ukulele-driven Bandcamp project into a full-on rock band. The project’s first release, We Don’t Make Mistakes, We Have Happy Accidents is on the quieter side, but as songwriter/vocalist Olivia Bellito moved to Philly and gathered band members, Major Pursuit’s live performances came to sound more and more dynamic.

Major Pursuit’s new song “Rough” puts its newfound full-band sounds to good use, without sacrificing any of the emotional grittiness that’s driven the project from the start. Continue reading →

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Watch Harmony Woods perform Nothing Special tracks at WTSR Underground Live Session

Harmony Woods | photo by Emily Dubin | thedubyscoop.com | via harmonywoods.bandcamp.com

We’ve been pretty fairly hyped about Harmony Woods recently released debut album, Nothing Special, over here at The Key. We profiled the band early this week and we’ll be there at their album release party at JJ’s Diner. So it’s no surprise we’re also pretty fairly hyped about the band’s recent stop at WTSR Studios. Continue reading →