Photo: Dale Marks
North Hollywood-based indie-rock artist and producer Brady Harris recently released his new EP, Hotel In The Sky, a delicious retro-flavored EP brimming with evocative riffs and great vocals.
Originally from Texas, Harris is a former busker in London and Paris. In addition to his solo career, he is also one-half of the folk-rock duo Wood Hitch. His eclectic sound ranges from ‘80s-laced folk-pop to Americana to indie-rock.
Brady’s song, “Good To Know,” was featured in a yearlong ad campaign (TV, Radio & Web) for Portugal’s biggest bank, Caixa Geral. He scored the indie film, Harold, starring Cuba Gooding Jr., and wrote the theme song for SNL’s skit ‘Bear City.’
Encompassing five tracks, the EP begins with the title track, a tribute to an actual, infamous East London drug den and to the feeling of perfect love. The track opens on punchy percussion flowing into a piano-driven melody as Harris’ Lennon-like voice imbues the lyrics with tasty, drawling timbres.
“Hotel in the sky / Shine so bright / We live by day / And we fly by night.”
Highlights on the EP include “Parting Gift,” a blues-flavored alt-rock tune riding a fat, round bassline, and crunching drums. There’s a delicious looseness to the harmonics, giving the song raw, alluring textures as Harris’ tasty, effortless vocals infuse the lyrics with a lazy, sensuous feel.
“I got your parting gift / You sure know how to give / How to give and how to take / You got your warnings / Never seen em coming / Not until it’s too late.”
Vaguely reminiscent of John Lennon covering Joe Cocker, “Chateau Hill” rolls out on a lopping rhythm, topped by Harris’ tender, melodic voice. Sleazy and brilliantly effective, the guitar solo oozed dirty tangs of blues aromas. At once nostalgic and drenched in luscious, voluptuous hues, “Chateau Hill” projects a low-slung swaggering quality.
“On the avenues / The city blues / Have got no use / For me and you.”
With Hotel In The Sky, Brady Harris delivers roomy compositions decorated with infectious rhythms and uncooked harmonics.