Title - 'Strawberry Lite' b/w 'Vaguely Satisfied' (Single)
Artist - Honey Harper
For those not in the know, Honey Harper (born William Fussell), grew up surrounded by country music in the heart of Georgia.
He introduced himself to the Country music world with his debut EP Universal Country in 2017, a genre-bending project pieced together over multiple years with deep ties to Harper's Georgia roots.
The critically-acclaimed EP showcased a multi-faceted new vision of Country music and harnessed its most beautiful elements from an outsider's perspective.
Now, with new music on the horizon, Harper is set to become the torchbearer for a revitalized Country sound.
And so if you just cannot contain yourself in your desire to hear new music from Harper, well you are in luck as he has just released his quite stunning, and wholly original new 7" Single (that's a vinyl record, kids!)
Entitled 'Strawberry Lite' (and backed with the equally enigmatic 'Vaguely Satisfied'), the track transcends specific origins; incorporating vocals reminiscent of growing up in Georgia, but with a sound refined in the UK.
At all times still harboring his love of Country music, 'Strawberry Lite' is a gentle musical affair that you just can't but help yourself from closing your eyes and allowing yourself the luxury of drifting away to a better, calmer, translucently comforting place.
Its B-side (as, once again kids, this is an old school WHITE vinyl record!), the brilliantly-titled 'Vaguely Satisfied' is a gentle guitar piece that showcases Harper's articulate and cultured vocal tones perfectly.
A free-flowing work of musical art that features some rather lovely wind instrument work, for my money this track should have been the A-side.
For it has such a beautiful, lush sparseness to it that it makes you want to lay down in a grassy field on a summer's day and, eyes closed, just listen to it over and over; freely noticing as your built up daily stresses and cares all slowly drift away.
Currently in the studio working on his full-length debut album for later this year, Harper will be performing a string of shows across the UK and North America including The Great Escape Festival in May and Bonnaroo in June.
"'Strawberry Lite' was written on the couch in my living room and on the floor of Dean Street Studios, where I record most often," Harper has since revealed. "I lay on the ground of the studio with Mick and Gus, two of my band members, as we discussed the song and what we all thought it meant."
"We talked about the past and the future, stress and letting go, The Grateful Dead, old hippie slogans, and hip new t-shirt companies and I wrote out new lines and transcribed mumbled demo verses to finish the lyrics.”
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