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Cherry Ripe

by Hali Palombo

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Aa. This is so good… why it never occurred to me to get into shortwave radio is alarming. Thank you. Favorite track: Truckers.
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stevietink Fisherman is my favourite track but I'm struggling to stop listening to the whole album! I'm an avid shortwave listener too. Surprises are on every turn of the dial of an old set and this album beautifully demonstrates that.
Wish Fulfillment
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Wish Fulfillment "Cherry Ripe" explores the secret world of shortwave radio transmissions, shaping its noise, interference, mystery and goofiness into music. Palombo also has an ear for melody, twisting together familiar tunes and charming original music into a frame that lends "Cherry Ripe" a warmth that the majority of process-based experimental music lacks. Favorite track: Truckers.
Nick Yeck-Stauffer
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Nick Yeck-Stauffer amazing artist working with a unique medium brilliantly. while hali pushes boundaries as both a composer and a proud hobbyist (of the radio waves) she also has a profound sense of melody and humor- both bitingly dark and genuinely warm. A special tape. Favorite track: Fisherman.
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W. Matilda 00:58
Truckers 02:23
"I like new caps. Higher power, higher value." "Not gonna matter!" "Wait a minute..." "You're wasting your time and your money!" "But... what were you gonna do to it?" "Pee on you ... heh heh." "That ain't right." "Does this thing look like a little willy? Or a skeleton?" "Replace em all with metal. Put that on a shelf somewhere, but a cover over it and just wait." "What is this thing worth working in this condition, what is it worth my friend?" "Oh my lord, that is a good question. I do not know. Probably something like 500 bucks. "Oh, I thought you were gonna say something like 325. My bad." "No, more than that." "Yeah, how does it sound? Does it sound like a modulator? "Nope" "You said it was nice and clean." "Man, my playlist rolled around some Molly Hatchet, hold on, man. Let me stand by for a second. I got some Molly Hatchet, "Beating the Odds", whoa."
Mable 02:37
Fisherman 02:14
Wind Farm 03:37
Hamlin 04:17
759 04:11
DUGA-3 03:14


Cherry Ripe is Hali’s new album following her 2018 self-titled release on Chicago label Midwaste Tapes. The music on Cherry Ripe is comprised almost entirely of shortwave radio recordings, showcasing the comic, chaotic and lonesome sides of a dying medium of communication.

Hali has been a shortwave radio fanatic since the age of 13, and her new record reflects that fanaticism. In a brief interview on WHPK Chicago (88.5 FM), Hali says: “all of Cherry Ripe, save for some synth and piano in places, is composed from CB radio and shortwave radio samples straight from my own collection - most of which have been recorded off of my personal radio.”

Cherry Ripe was mixed by Greg Norman of Electrical Audio, and mastered by Greg Obis at Chicago Mastering Services. All songs were written, performed and recorded by Hali Palombo.


released March 21, 2020

Hali Palombo: all music, all arrangements, most samples
Hali Palombo: album art
Greg Obis: Mastering
Greg Norman: Mixing


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