Melbourne singer-songwriter Harp Samuels' interests are notoriously difficult to pin down as they encompass a wide range of aesthetics and approaches, including photography, film-making and visual artistry. When it comes to his music, he incorporates folk-y rhythms with ambient atmospheres and encourages his music to inhabit truly emotional territory and to embrace a certain vulnerability which adds pathos and honesty to his work.
After the release of his debut record, "Wanting," in 2017, he began to grow his already sizable fanbase, collecting acclaim and recognition with each new glimpse into his musical mechanisms. However, with the recent loss of his father (coupled with the prior ache of losing his mother), Samuels began to see music as something necessary to his survival, something to use as salve and comfort. On his forthcoming album, "Breathe" -- which is due out Sept. 14 -- he weaves an intricate rhythmic web of death, confusion, hope, love and our connections to both the infinite and the ending.
On his latest single, "Breathe," Samuels blends a celestial ambience with a rich emotional backdrop of breathy vocals and intensely personal observations. The song offers solace and a safe space for those in need of such consolation. The world can be a dark place, and we all need a place where we can feel free to express ourselves without fear of judgment or undo influence. The track reaches down into your heart, filling those chambers with light and conviction.
"It’s one of those songs that I feel like I want to sing when I’m overwhelmed," he explains, "as it has a ‘hope’ theme and makes me feel like no matter what’s happening at the time, things can change, and everything is going to somehow work out.”