SHARES NEW SONG AND VIDEO “IN LIGHT OF US”
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“gooey and romantic and heartbreakingly huge”
– The FADER
“weightless in sound and heavy in feeling”
(Toronto, ON – November 19, 2019) – Today, Honey Harper returns to announce his debut album and share a new song. Starmaker, due March 6th via ATO Records, comes as a collection of contradictions in both subject matter and style. It was written with his wife and writing partner, Alana Pagnutti, and recorded over the past three years in Paris, Budapest (with the Hungarian Studio Orchestra), and London (his current home) with co-producer Katie O’Neill.
The latest offering from the album, “In Light Of Us,” arrives with a fittingly tender video. Directed by Joshua Gary, the visual compiles VHS footage of Harper and his friends (including the director) from the ages of 15 through 21, the song an ode to them and the times they spent together. Harper says it best: “When I turned 18 I left home and moved to Decatur, GA with my best friends. ‘In Light of Us’ is a significant song for me as it represents that time; the light and dark psychedelic paths that led and inspired the beginning of my journey to Starmaker.”
His wife and writing partner, Alana Pagnutti adds about the song, “Will was sitting in the kitchen at his computer searching for inspiration. He explained that ‘In Light of Us’ was so specifically centered around that time in his life, it would be too hard to make a video for it in modern times. The answer seemed obvious to me but sometimes when you’re standing right in front of something for too long you lose focus.
I had heard of all the psychedelic videos him and his friends would make; instructional clips on camping under the moniker of Anthony White, repetitive shots of empty chairs moving inexplicably that could verge on early Nauman works, and of course, music videos. One of those friends, Joshua Gary, actually followed this early passion and became a filmmaker and director. We called him, asked if he still had all the footage, and asked if he would want to edit it into a music video.
What followed is a heartwarming retrospective of their youth together, profiling the characters in Will’s life who he admits had the largest effect on his development.“
Starmaker also includes previous singles “Tomorrow Never Comes,” “Vaguely Satisfied,” and “Strawberry Lite,” the latter two are available to purchase on 7″ vinyl now. The album itself is primarily about the journey to create it, following his mysterious emergence with “Secret” from 2017’s critically-acclaimed Universal Country EP. The new album’s self-awareness is largely the result of Harper’s inner monologues about his fear of failure, desire for success, and the toll that the journey has taken on him and his loved ones. It’s an attempt at honesty through the veil of a country singer lost in the stars. With album appearances from Sébastian Tellier, Austra, and John Kirby, the contrast of the songs becomes even more apparent and set Honey Harper apart to become the torch-bearer for a revitalized country sound.
Honey Harper will be playing a show in London on April 1st at The Lexington. Tickets available here. Watch and listen to “In Light of Us” above and stay tuned for more from Honey Harper coming soon.
March 6, 2020
1. Green Shadows
2. In Light of Us
3. The Day It Rained Forever
4. Something Relative
5. Tired Tower
6. Suzuki Dreams
7. Vaguely Satisfied
8. Someone Else’s Dream
9. Tomorrow Never Comes
10. Strawberry Lite
photo by: Tonje Thilesen
About Honey Harper:
Born William Fussell in Adel, Georgia, Honey Harper was raised in Atlanta before moving to London, England with his wife in 2015. In 2017, after years of playing in a shoe-gaze band and an art-pop solo project, he decided to return to his roots in country music and released Universal Country, a critically acclaimed 4-track EP with Montreal’s Arbutus Records. Since then he has been digging in and recording Starmaker, which he describes as a “celestial honky-tonk” combining the already famous ideology of Gram Parson’s Cosmic Country with an aesthetic to match. The blending of the ethereal, floating FM synthesizers combined with pedal steel and a classic country twang bring about a marriage reminiscent of Brian Eno’s “Apollo” with a George Jones greatest hits compilation.