Post #9 - Leavn It All Behind - Harts
It’s been quite an eventful year for Harts, the young Australian one man band and producer. Since the release of his first EP, Offtime, earlier in the year, he has set the blogging world on fire, and has attracted the attention of world renowned artists such as Nick Littlemore (Pnau, Empire of the Sun), and most recently, Prince (yes, you read that correctly.) Not bad at all for someone who recently turned independent after parting ways with a record label a mere few months ago. Leavn It All Behind is his first single since becoming independent, and he is doing just as the title of the song suggests. Lyrically, the song deals with his frustration towards today’s music industry, and the growing trend of pigeonholing artists into a certain genre, rather than celebrating diversity and creativity. He beckons the listener to join him for the ride, and one can’t help but feel tempted to go along, as he lays down infectiously groovy, yet driving beats, funky guitar chops and a tight horn section to boot. His guitar work is phenomenal, as always, yet finally captures the grittiness and charisma of his live performances, which wasn’t as apparent on Offtime. It’s a shame that Australia hasn’t yet jumped on the Harts bandwagon, especially when he’s already received so much praise overseas. “Are we with you for the ride?”, we would be crazy not to be, Harts.