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  • Vasili Papathanasopoulos


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Melbourne duo HARVES have returned with their second release of the year, The River. The track was written directly in response to the tight COVID-19 restrictions in Victorian that left citizens with limited interactions.

The River brings a cinematic quality, with the pair bringing their signature rich balance of production and keys with bracing vocals. Band members Samuel K Sproull and Matthew Wright wrote the song from their respective homes, conceptually bashing the song around the feeling of isolation and the yearning to feel free again. The spatial and brooding release is built on a strong rhythm and groove, with Wright’s vocals, ebbing and flowing as the song navigates through its peaks and valleys.

“It’s a bit of a metaphor about being creatures of habit, good and bad. About not making changes even though you know what you need to do and hoping that one day the answer will present itself. In our case specifically, I guess that answer was to start releasing some songs and let that dictate change.” Harves shared.

The new release follows Do Your Worst, another track which finds itself built on meticulously formed beds of instrumentation. Continuing their ambient and experimental sounds, Do Your Worst was picked up for placement in the 2020 romantic drama, After We Collided.

The River is out now! Listen to the track below.


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