BEST NEW INDIE: HARIS - HUSH
We are living in the age of oversharing. So much so that newspapers were already declaring "the end of the age of the oversharing" way back in 2012. If only. That would've been before the elections, before Instagram really took off, before the rise of Fitbits. For all of our wariness, people can't seem to help sharing every little detail of their daily lives in broad daylight, for all the world to see.
There is a secret thrill in keeping something to oneself. It feels almost naughty, sometimes, like you're depriving the world of something, like we're trying to hide. Regardless, there is a peace and a thrill that comes from not having to prescribe labels and strict definitions on things. Especially when those things are relationships, which have a tendency to shrivel and die under the harsh light of scrutiny.
This is the backstory of Scandinavian singer/songwriter/producer Haris' new banger, "Hush." Haris sings about the excitation of a well-kept secret in a silken falsetto, reminiscent of an un-jaded The Weeknd or early Michael Jackson over a funky synth bassline and soulful disco beat. "Hush" brings to mind late '90s neo-soul, most notably Jamiroquai, similarly mining '70s aesthetics but updated with a bit of grit and a little edge.
HARIS - HUSH
"Hush" is the follow-up to Haris' breakout single "Come Over." That single focused on a darker, more brooding, nocturnal r&b sound. "Hush," on the other hand, sounds downright optimistic, one of the closest things to an unabashed love song we've heard this year.
Haris' new album isn't going to be all sweetness and light, however. We likely have more grit and edginess coming from Haris with his upcoming EP, Trouble I Wanna Get Into, due out sometime this year. It should be interesting to hear Haris' evolution. The Bosnian producer is well-known for blending modern r&b with a hip-hop swagger. "Hush" has more of a '70s AM pop disco bent, like Abba getting together with Grandmaster Flash in one of the five boroughs. It's hot but chill - like soaking in an outdoor hot spring staring at the Northern Lights during a ferocious blizzard.
Trouble I Want To Get Into will be out any second. Take this opportunity to get to know Haris. We Are: The Guard can't recommend him enough. Even in this age of oversharing, Haris remains a bit of a well-kept secret. That's not going to be the case for much longer, however, especially when the new EP drops!
J. Simpson occupies the intersection between criticism, creativity, and academia. Based out of Portland, Or., he is the author of Forestpunk, an online journal/brand studying the traces of horror, supernatural, and the occult through music, fashion and culture. He plays in the dreamfolk band Meta-Pinnacle with his partner Lily H. Valentine, with whom he also co-founded Bitstar Productions, a visual arts collective focused on elevating Pop Culture to High Art.