There aren’t many artists around today who can give an album a title that truly captures what that album is about – but singer-songwriter Brett Harris (from North Carolina) has managed to do exactly that. Excellent vocal harmonies, beautiful guitar riffs and accompanying heartfelt lyrics are what makes ‘Up In The Air’ a truly uplifting but at the same time melancholic album.
The excellent ‘End Of The Rope’ kicking off the album will remind listeners of the late Beatles with its catchy, clean and bouncy guitar riffs and spine tingling harmonies to match. However, not all the tracks on the album are fun and bouncy. Harris takes a more serious and slow approach in the song ‘High Times,’ seemingly reflecting back on his life and accepting the fact that we all get older. With a piano taking over as a key aspect of the song and meaningful lyrics, it adds a philosophical feeling to the record.
He also adds diversity to ‘Lies,’ starting the song off with an acoustic guitar, bass, drums and electric guitar, all of which make up the key factor of the album. However Harris decides to add a new element during the middle eight. Adding a clarinet and piano to this part of the song makes the listener take a swift left turn and will open up their ears down a road they did not expect to turn. Certainly a stand out moment for the record.
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Sorrowful lyrics pour out of the song ‘Summer Night,’ talking about the end of a relationship. Harris sings about “letting go” and “walking away,” in a song everyone will be able to relate to in some way. Accompanied by a funky bass line and string section makes, this one of the main highlights of the album.
The album’s title track ‘Up In The Air’ may remind listeners of the likes of Bob Dylan, with an acoustic guitar being the key contributor and rhythm provider for the track. This is accompanied by a tremolo effected guitar throughout, giving the track a more moody feel. Along with these he adds beautiful vocal harmonies during the chorus plucking at the listener’s heartstrings.
Throughout this easy listening record Harris manages to maintain the listener’s attention with his smooth yet smoky vocals, beautiful guitar riffs and infectious harmonies – it’s what Sunday afternoons were made for
‘Up In The Air’ is out now via Hit The Deck Recordings.
This Brett Harris article was written by Martyn Broadhurst, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Natalie Whitehouse.