Watch Roger Harvey take a bare bones approach to “Halloween” for Static Sessions

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Roger Harvey | photo by Jonathon Minto

Roger Harvey is a Philly-via-Pittsburgh artist who has a definitive and almost instantly likable style, one which many have compared to bands like Bright Eyes, Neutral Milk Hotel and Manchester Orchestra (yeah, not half bad).

Harvey’s debut LP Twelve Houses was a beautifully written and expertly produced output full of intricate arrangements. But for local video series Static Sessions he decided to take one of the album’s more impressive moments, “Halloween,” and strip it down to its core.

The “Halloween” we hear on the album is highlighted and driven by a steady beat from a bongo drum and reverb-laden, floating electric guitar. The version Harvey recorded for Static at local recording house Drowning Fish Studios — which you can watch below — could not be further removed from its source material.

Instead of the layered production, this “Halloween” puts Harvey and his vocals on center stage, accompanied by only an acoustic guitar and a tight bass line holding everything together.

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