So yes, I am a writer, and I’ve been neglecting my blog duties due to essays (a wholly legitimate excuse; end of term, you see). But I am also a musician (as mentioned on my About page), and another reason why I haven’t been updating my blog is because I’ve been involved in some exciting stuff with a lovely artist (and great friend) named Harri Endersby, who just released her début EP Ivy Crown on 5 Dec (produced by Curtis Wayne, Jr.).
It’s absolutely brilliant. Beautiful. Well lush.
But before I get into an elaborate explanation, check out the marvellous music video for her song ‘A Love Song of a Willow Tree’, which I also happen to be in (I’m the bassist)!
My faithful readers may remember Harri when I introduced one of her short stories in my ‘Recommended Reading (1)‘ post back in August. A fellow English Literature student at Durham University, she is (I reiterate) one of the most talented people I know. I’d characterise her musical style as indie folk singer-songwriter (particularly influenced by traditional folk music of the North East), but she has definitely been influenced by Icelandic singer-songwriter Ásgeir, who incorporates the electronic with the acoustic, creating a perfected harmonious blend.
I’ve had the immense privilege of getting to know her over this past year and she never fails to amaze me with her soothing voice, guitar skills, memorable melodies and poetic lyrics.
It has been a most exciting month for Harri as well as for all of us who have been involved in the EP creative process (we first recorded it back in April). Just some highlights:
- The EP title track ‘Ivy Crown’ was played on BBC Newcastle’s radio programme BBC Introducing in the North East hosted by Nick Roberts (‘Bernaccia in Session‘ on 22 Nov 2014).
- Speaking of Ásgeir, Harri recorded a cover of his song ‘Going Home‘ and submitted it to the #PlayWithÁsgeir competition, eventually winning a chance to jam and perform with him and his band during the soundcheck right before his show at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.
- She sang in a hip hop remix of ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ entitled ‘GRYMG feat. Harri Endersby’ by Beat Convention, which was featured on BBC Songs of Praise (7 Dec 2014).
- She performed a gig in celebration of her EP launch at Empty Shop Durham with a full band (including me on bass and backing vocals) on 5 Dec 2014, with 100 people turning up. (Watch out for a recording of the gig!)
Now that I’ve significantly hyped up Harri and her music (and not just because she’s a friend—it’s quality music, truly it is), without further ado, here are the links to listen to and purchase her EP Ivy Crown:
A day after its official release, Ivy Crown reached #20 (peaking at #15) on the UK iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, casually sitting up there alongside Ed Sheeran, Jake Bugg and Ben Howard. We got excited, just a bit. Actually, quite.
I also stumbled upon a Japanese tumblr「かわいい乙女のための音楽帖」(literally translated ‘Music for Cute Maidens’—trust me, it sounds much better in Japanese), which had already found Ivy Crown on Bandcamp before its official release and reviewed it favourably (it’s testament to her worldwide appeal). Here’s a rough translation:
From Durham, England: Harri Endersby, a singer-songwriter who just released her début EP on the 2nd.
The bare trees of winter and the blue sky beyond, and as she stands in front of this backdrop with the silhouette of the side of her face—the album cover is very maiden-esque (there’s no good way to translate this). The music too, neither putting on airs nor too eager—her comforting, relaxing voice that approaches gently and casually, as if talking to an old friend whom she hasn’t seen in a long time. Outside the window, a biting winter wind is blowing; but on days like this, it’s best to sit inside your room and listen to her voice, warming yourself up while drinking a hot cup of tea.
I strongly recommend, suggest, urge you to listen to her EP, and if you like what you hear, please do share it with your friends! Do check out her Facebook page and YouTube channel as well. She’s world-class.
Happy listening! (By the way, Harri’s EP makes great background music for reading the rest of my blog…)
- A Love Song of a Willow Tree
- Beat Convention
- Ben Howard
- Curtis Wayne
- début EP
- Durham University
- Ed Sheeran
- Empty Shop
- English Literature
- God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
- Google Play
- Harri Endersby
- Ivy Crown
- Jake Bugg
- Nick Roberts
- North East
- Shepherd's Bush Empire
- Songs of Praise