MY LITTLE HUM: PIONEER

The sophomore release from My Little Hum, Pioneer, is a return to the band’s glittery pop sound featuring shimmering guitars, crunchy bubbling bass, catchy melodies and lush female vocal harmony. The album, once again produced and engineered by Allen Clapp (Orange Peels), is due out October 18 on Mystery Lawn Music.

The album’s genesis began when Yuri was selected to join an urban design master’s program in New York City. This meant the husband-and-wife team would be living on separate coasts for a while. They used the time well; Yuri studied and wrote lyrics while sleeping on her sister’s couch in the Bronx, Dan sketched out guitar tracks in their Oakland home studio while feeding the cat.

Yuri wrote lyrics touching on themes related to her new urban environs including the album’s stunning opener “November in New York,” a slice of Gotham that she penciled on the roof of the Spitzer School of Architecture between her studio classes. She also found inspiration in other forms of daily life, like shuffling back and forth on the 1 subway train (“Subway Song”) and observing young students from all over the world break new ground in urban design and social change (“Terra Firma”).

Soon the music duo realized that these pioneering go-getter-types were everywhere: from the memories of the couple’s very own recently-departed but trend-setting fathers (“One of a Kind”, “Runway Lights”) to the industriousness of the worker bees that reside in the couple’s backyard hives (“Don’t Build it Alone”); even the band’s version of a 1980s hit by Christopher Cross plays into the desire to explore unknown places (“Sailing”).

“Like Susanna Hoffs fronting The Church.”
—I Don’t Hear A Single

The band’s first single “One of a Kind” pays tribute to Dan’s father, a computer programmer and early Silicon Valley forefather who left his small town in Ohio to pursue bigger dreams of technology and innovation. He was fluent in up to 40 software code languages and was pining for the day he could fly a car to work. His active and curious mind lent itself perfectly to the bouncy, upbeat and melodic single but may even be better reflected in the joyous, detached and carnival-like break.

The album Pioneer was written with the assistance of modern day satellites, as Dan and Yuri transmitted song ideas from the west coast to east coast then back again for more than a year. My Little Hum decided that this spirit should be relayed on the album’s final track by paying homage to the satellite known for capturing the first images of the moons of Jupiter (“Pioneer 10”). Dan tells the story through his signature atmospheric guitar playing and melodic bass lines, while Yuri chimes in with a mantra-like vocal that brings the album to a sonic close.

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My Little Hum is the husband and wife duo Yuri Jewett (vocals/keyboards) and Dan Jewett (guitars/bass). Their sophomore album, Pioneer, was produced and engineered by Allen Clapp (Orange Peels) and is being released on Mystery Lawn Music. The album features Bob Vickers (Incredible Vickers Brothers, Orange Peels) on drums, as well as Jonathan Segal (Camper Van Beethoven) on violins.

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“Like Susanna Hoffs fronting The Church.”
—I Don’t Hear A Single

“Charmingly innocent surfaces and sing-along appeal are destabilized by a few menacing allusions in lyrics about changing cultural and physical landscapes.”
—Oakland Magazine

Yuri has the kind of voice that reminds me of all those great indie pop bands that called San Francisco home in the late ’90s.”
—Tim Hinely, Dagger