Hey! Manchester presents Honey Harper [Postponed]
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Honey Harper announces a string of new UK headline dates in September and October 2020 to coincide with his rescheduled UK and Europe shows. The autumn dates will be the first live performances since the release of his debut album, Starmaker, on 9 March via ATO Records.
The album itself is primarily about the journey to create it and follows his mysterious emergence with Secret from 2017’s critically-acclaimed Universal Country EP (Arbutus Records). The new album’s self-awareness is largely the result of Harper’s inner monologues about his fear of failure, desire for success, and the toll that journey has taken on him and his loved ones. It’s an attempt at honesty through the veil of a country singer lost in the stars. The album also features appearances from Sébastian Tellier, Austra and John Kirby; the contrast of the songs becomes even more apparent and set Honey Harper apart to become the torch-bearer for a revitalised country sound.
Honey Harper, born William Fussell, grew up surrounded by country music in the heart of Georgia. He introduced himself to the country music world with his debut EP Universal Country, a genre-bending project pieced together over multiple years with deep ties to Harper’s Georgia roots. Three years later Harper released Starmaker, his first full-length record which revealed a mature songwriter and superbly gifted vocalist pushing the genre of country music to its outer limits. His critically acclaimed music showcases a multi-faceted new vision of country music and harnesses its most beautiful elements from an outsider’s perspective.
‘A gorgeous kind of spaced-out country that’s anchored by the musician’s clean, androgynous voice’ – The FADER
‘Weightless in sound and heavy in feeling’ – Pitchfork
‘Interstellar country that wraps itself around the horizon’ – Clash Magazine