British singer, songwriter and producer Gus Harvey has dropped her new EP ‘England’, out on Wednesday 27th May.
Inspired by recently moving back home to the UK from Berlin, the four-track release commences with ‘Garden’, a hypnotic track written from the point of view of the earth that pairs Harvey’s hushed vocals with a melange of overlapping samples and instrumentation. Next up is the dark-yet-enchanting ‘The Frangipani Fellowship’, which samples traditional Cambodian music and draws inspiration from the Vietnam War, and Brexit-lamenting ‘Bxsit’, featuring the freestyling bars of UK rapper Hypeman Sage. Closing things out is the EP’s lead single ‘Albion’, a wistful ballad inspired by a historic pub of the same name that was once frequented by the Kray twins.
“We collected the reverb and echoes of abandoned UK buildings, the old Kray twin pub in Hackney and a disused church, and I was taking photographs of everything I saw,” Harvey previously explained. “Living in the pub had a huge impact. It felt like something weird was happening to time inside the walls – I was very curious and nostalgic for the old England that I could see and smell, also aware of being in this one last moment of suspension before little pockets of history just disappeared.
Born in the UK, Gus Harvey has travelled all over the world and lived in Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and New York, and takes inspiration from various different cultures that influence her music. She first announced herself to the wider music world in 2017 with debut single ‘Witches’, with the track receiving support from Lauren Laverne on BBC Radio 6 and being named ‘Track of the Day’ by Clash Magazine. She then released her maiden EP ‘History’ the following year and follow-up EP ‘TXC’ in early 2019, and was discovered by BBC Introducing where she performed at their stage at Glastonbury last year.
‘England’ sees Gus Harvey use her environment and heritage as the basis for an inspired collection of tracks.