Staring At Photographs
by tom johnson
Before Justin Vernon spoiled the idea of retreating to a remote cabin in the woods to make music for an entire generation, the notion of such endeavours had an emphatically romantic perspective to it. It wasn’t quite romanticism that drove Harley Alexander to isolated Quebec, rather it was a desire for adventure and a taste of the new, having rarely left the cultural bubble he helped created in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The result is Harland, a beautiful new eight-track collection of nostalgic guitar-pop songs that hangs like a slow-evening on some disappearing day you’d rather have stick around for a while. Now about to cross the border for his first run of US shows, and with the album set for a July 22nd release via Sports Day Records, Alexander today shares ‘Staring At Photographs‘; an endearing entry-point to the record and a rather lovely four-minutes in its own right. Languid, rich and bursting with quiet, human endeavour, you can practically taste the journey in its raw instrumentation and soft vocal runs that give the track a very human sense of warmth.
Check out the tour dates here, and then stream the new track below.
July 18th Denver CO – Squire Lounge
July 26th Austin TX – Cheer Up Charlies
July 28th Denton TX – House Show
August 3, Atlanta GA – Downtown Players Club
August 4, Nashville TN – Local Space
August 7, Philadelphia PA – Kung Fu Necktie
August 8, Boston MA – Out of the Blue Too Gallery
August 11, New York NY – Cake Shop
August 14 Detroit MI – Lo & Behold
August 15, Toronto ON – Smiling Buddha
‘Harland’ is released next week, via Sports Day Records
Pre-order here – including a limited edition ‘Deluxe Adventure Pack’