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Review: Harker, “Anecdote”

1 Comment 10 November 2013

Review: Harker, “Anecdote”

“Intriguing lyrics, lush but dark-shaded arrangements, deep vocals, and subtlety encompass the tracks on the EP Anecdote by talented British singer/songwriter Harker.”

Artist: Harker

EP: Anecdote

Genre: Orchestral Folk Pop

RIYL: Bon Iver, Nick Drake, Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons

Harker Anecdote

Intriguing lyrics, lush but dark-shaded arrangements, deep vocals, and subtlety encompass the tracks on the EP Anecdote by talented British singer/songwriter Harker.
  
These three tracks (plus a remix of one) are very well done. Harker’s resonating voice is worth it alone, but add the arrangements and lyrics and it’s a most rewarding experience to listen to these songs several times over. They’re that good.
 
For fans of newer artists like Mumford And Sons, Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes as well as legends like Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake and Van Morrison (to me some of this material would fit nicely on Van’s 1989 masterpiece Avalon Sunset) you can’t go wrong. This isn’t to proclaim that Harker has arrived at such heights just yet, but if one is a fan of those artists mentioned above, then satisfaction should be guaranteed with this EP.
 
“Swanbourne” is a delicate beauty of a song, with Harker’s outstanding vocals shining. Along with gorgeous musical accompaniment, it’s easy to get lost in the haunting melodies and subtle grace of the song especially with the acoustic guitar, keyboards, strings, piano and banjo. By the time the aching solo comes in, you might shed a tear (that’s a good thing). How could this not play in a movie? 
 
“Sanremo Parade” is equally deep and thoughtful with more evidence of subtlety. The vocal harmonies are expertly done and the piano and snare drum rolls are perfect accents. The feel is overtly mellow but completely avoids being saccharine.
 
There’s also “Iburndale”, an acoustic track with a beautiful sound and simplicity above all else.
 
The Vast’s Deep As Folk Mix of “Swanbourne” is an even lusher version of the song with some crackling sound effects, reverb-drenched vocals and atmospherics that give off something of a Pink Floyd influence. Certainly a different way of hearing the song that kicks off the EP, and it’s a good version. However, it cannot equal the exquisite way the song was meant to be heard.
 
Without a doubt, Harker is a genuine talent and hearing a full-length album (there is one on the way) will be a true pleasure.  


Harker website: http://www.jamesharkermusic.com/

 

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  1. Megan Bryan says:

    Agree 100% with this review! What an amazing voice, and incredibly haunting melodies and lyrics. Definitely a name to look out for!


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