The artist known as Harry Heart (aka Harry Ward) came to my attention in 2012 when I heard (and subsequently interviewed) his previous band, Arcade Made. At the time his band were coming down from a whirlwind of activity thanks to triple J’s Unearthed High. It was an interesting introduction to the music business, but since mid-2013 not much has been heard of Arcade Made. In the meantime, Harry has travelled around as a solo musician, spending time between Sydney, Brisbane and London – maturing at his own pace.
He has been making moves over the past year and half, becoming one hell of a songwriter and gaining significant traction with his solo outfit, The Harry Heart Chrysalis. Earlier this year, THHC released the five-track EP, Bodensee and Other False Stories through Bearhug Records. Now, Harry is back with a new song, entitled simply as ‘Vex’.
‘Vex’ is a stirring song, with some able instrumentation crisply recorded and produced. Harry’s voice is the focal point, conveying a vulnerable quality – emotive, but not overly so. There is an air of Jeff Buckley, a smattering of The Antlers, a dash of Augie March. The song seems to be about the dark arts seemingly at work in love. Playing with magic is like playing with fire, nothing burns as much as passion or rejection.
This is indie-rock as it is meant to be — not overly complex. It is a song carrying a rhythmic groove, focussed on emotion and relatability. The sound has expanded beyond simple acoustics and the guitar work is great. Expect The Harry Heart Chrysalis to impress with whatever comes next.