Corey Harper hit his stride in 2023, exploding onto Holler's radar with blinding brilliance.
With another big year on the horizon for the west coast songsmith, which includes his debut touring run kicking off this weekend (January 14), Harper is making a strong start with a pair of new songs.
On one hand, 'Learn to Live Without You' laments the end of a relationship that was destined to last forever. Dripping in regrets and wishing for one more chance with an old flame, he ultimately comes to terms with the fact that he must move on.
Driven by an acoustic guitar and a trusty banjo (it wouldn't be a Harper song without one), his honey-drenched voice envelops you in a welcoming, if heartbreaking, embrace as little pops of falsetto serve as a delightful surprise.
His raw, gravelly pain comes out crystal clear in the bridge as he pleads: "I don't know if you feel the same but I miss your voice / Everything you do is tuck inside my brain / You use to be there by my side now I'm the one that's left to cry / I know I'm the one to blame".
On the other, he depicts a life-giving love in 'Better Than Anything'.
In a world full of darkness and pain, as well as his own fair share of sadness and hardship, Harper explains that he's found a love that's "sweeter than when the birds sing" and "feels like the first sign of spring", it's a love that's better than anything.
It's a tale as old as time, but wrapped up in a modern, folky package as Harper croons "You're my prescription for all my addictions / Without you I'd be just one hell of a misfit / And you make me feel like home".
Both songs take on the sound of a signature Corey Harper cut, somewhere between the soundtrack to your favorite 2000's drama series – we're looking at you One Tree Hill – and the comforting warmth of coffee shop country, which he's made himself the king of.
After a series of strong releases, like the infectious 'Emily's Frown', evocative 'Pink Razor' and stirring 'My Innocence', these new songs tally another pair of triumphant entries into his growing catalog.
As he kicks off his headlining trek this weekend in Brooklyn, New York, we'll be there in spirit as lucky attendees get to be the first to hear these, and likely a few other unreleased tracks, from the young star-in-the-making.
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