PopCrush Presents: Harrison Brome
Every week at PopCrush, we’re putting the spotlight on one up-and-coming act you need to know about. Why? So you can get on board early before everyone else and their mother jumps on the bandwagon…and so you can be that one friend in the group who’s always like, “Um, actually, I prefer their earlier work.”
We’re quickly approaching the end of summer, which means it’s time to replace your sugary-sweet, warm-weather pop jams with something a bit more reflective of the somber seasons to come. And if you're feeling a little reluctant to surrender to your introspective side, worry not -- 19-year-old Harrison Brome offers the perfect sound to ease you into fall.
Shortly after Brome released his bluesy debut track "Fill Your Brains," the Vancouver native generated a fair amount of buzz online which grew louder with the premiere of his second song "Midnight Island." And that buzz is not without merit -- Brome has managed to demonstrate a real confidence in who he is as an artist, no easy feat when you've got just three tracks under your belt.
Showcasing a subtle hip-hop influence and propensity for dreamy hooks, Brome's sound is reminiscent of fellow West-Coasters The Neighborhood. It benefits from a purposeful, gritty, lo-fi production, simultaneously offering an alternative to the glossier works of his contemporaries while lending itself to the dreary, dark atmosphere present in his music.
And that’s probably the best way to describe his current collection of tracks — Brome creates real atmosphere here, with his nuanced harmonies and soft vocal delivery really making a case for the merit of melancholy.
Brome’s latest offering “Pools” continues in that style, with Brome's ethereal vocals leaving the listener feeling as though they're immersed in a body of water -- appropriate, considering the title.
Brome expanded on the meaning behind the track to PopCrush, saying, "'Pools' is about a previous relationship that didn't last, but our chemistry was hard to forget -- it was often times euphoric. I tried my best to draw upon sounds and lyrics that best conveyed that feeling at the time."
You can check out Brome's "Pools" and "Fill Your Brains" above, and head over to iTunes for a proper download.
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