Bright, sunny pop compositions provided Canadian pop-rock duo Wild Strawberries with their greatest success in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Their luminous pop songs, "Life-Sized Marilyn Monroe," "Heroine" and "I Don't Want to Think About It" kept fans hooked to their radios and brought Ken and Roberta Harrison to the upper-echelons of the airplay charts.
Notably, Ken and Roberta were high school sweethearts who married, formed a band in university, and found their songs taking off unexpectedly. Over the past 20-plus years, have followed Ken and Roberta through commercial success, touring with a burgeoning family, breaking up with music labels and moving out of the big city and into a quieter rural life in southern Ontario.
Their latest evolution can be heard in the new album, Vesper 50, a contemplative record fitting for a duo who has chosen to eschew the spotlight in favour of real life. You know, building up the homestead, raising four kids and occasionally taking time to breathe the fresh, country air. Vesper 50 sounds like an album built within that lifestyle, with quieter pop moments (like "Five for Good Intentions") and long instrumental breaks ("Xerotic"), which all take a bit more digging to work their way into your ear than previous works.
It's worth the journey, however — and we wondered what journey Ken and Roberta were on while creating it. We caught up with both and they reveal details behind the making of Vesper 50.
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