Audun Laading and Stephen Fitzpatrick are better known as Her’s. Her’s are the duo responsible for a sweet, infectious summer track “Harvey”, which you can check out below.
Dabbling in the kind of surrealism that does well in the right hands, when the right hands are clearly informed by a deep affection for classic pop tunes, Her’s have produced an intriguing tune that’s as textured as it is easily accessible. Whirling organs, handclaps, a filtered vocal track, all build a sonic palette that’s informed by the contemporary Liverpool scene, but also the city’s historic past, but it’s also timeless. You’ll hear what we mean.
“No one sees what I see / Everyone thinks I’m crazy” is the lyrical hook that’s spoken-sung in the unfolding tribute to the movie “Harvey”. Movie fans will remember the flick in which James Stewart is befriended by a six-foot bunny rabbit. The movie is considered as a classic from an era of Hollywood when nuance and charm underpinned humor. Her’s utilize a similar arsenal here. On “Harvey” they dabble with the mystique of a movie as much as they do the pleasing image of a man who’s befriended a fucking big bunny. Of course, the twists here are forward-facing, and there’s a sense that despite the humor there’s a dark substance lurking beneath the jovial phrasing.
Her’s have announced an album to be released later in the summer on Heist or Hit. What we’ve heard so far, in “Harvey”, “Low Beam”, “Love on the Line (Call Now)” develop the tone established on 2017’s Songs of Her’s. That earlier release sounded like a tapestry of sounds in which Laading and Fitzpatrick explored the influential songs of their formative years. “Harvey” seems to underpin a more realized account of the band. The quality of that first release remains, but the authenticity has just grown deeper, the vision is more fully realized. The duo offer an improved account of themselves.
It’s easy to scroll through the bands from Liverpool, and reference their varying levels of influence. What’s refreshing about “Harvey” is that it shows Her’s as being more outward looking. Aware of the atmosphere of their city they have nurtured a sound that has found it’s own evolutionary branch. Proper style, proper pop, and with an awareness of contemporary culture that’s shrewd and insightful. This stuff is grand.