23. Hypercolor, "Sparrow" 

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As a recording engineer and producer, it can be difficult to find songwriting inspiration living in another artist's world, but local producer and musician Adrian Olsen got lucky with his own demo. "Sometimes a feeling hits you and within minutes a song is complete, and, in this case, recorded," he says. Olsen has a Richmond music pedigree, the son of rocker Bruce Olsen of the Offenders. They're the father-and-son team behind Montrose Recording studio in the North Side [see feature on page 20, which boasts Mark Linkous' famous Flickinger recording console. Oddly enough, this fragile and lovely song sounds right up Sparklehorse's alley — beautiful, dark and full of poetic imagery. Olsen, who also plays bass in Tarrant, is putting together a band tentatively dubbed Hypercolor as well as releasing a full-length album fall 2013. The band's first show is April 30 at the Camel. — Brent Baldwin


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