Rising Pacific North West songwriter Corey Harper reflects on lost chances and wrong steps with a forlorn vulnerability in his song. With the raw honesty of his lyricism, Harper offers hope and catharsis, a talent often found in only the most fearless of songwriters.
So, when the opportunity arose to record a session with Harper at Holler Dreamy Draw Sessions, we snapped at the chance to hear such songs live in the warmth of Arizona in November.
A warm, easy-going character, Harper, sporting a sleeveless flannel shirt and Country Night cap, exudes a mellow aura while prepping to perform. But as soon as the lights are down and the cameras click into action, Harper immediately switches gear, proving to be an animated and emotional performer.
That's clear from the off with 'My Innocence'. A song that battles with changing a life fuelled by loss and misuse, Harper's voice builds in affliction as he grapples in search of answers. Backed only by the picking of minor chords, Harper shows just how substantial the themes of his songs can be, all while remaining catchy and optimistic.
'Emily's Frown', a truly underrated song in Harper's arsenal that deserves to have millions of streams, fits the warmth of the sunny afternoon setting. A selfless and endearing song about helping someone to feel happier, Harper softens into a gentle hum, leaving the chorus lingering in your mind for the rest of the day. It reminds you that you can always help to make someone else's day that little bit better, if you just try.
Harper closes with 'Pink Razor', a standout bedroom lament that loiters on the most minute of memories while studying your own growth. Stripping the song back from it's layered and atmospheric production into it's folky foundations, Harper proves how his self-deprecating thoughts give his songs a wit and cleverness that makes them all the more consoling and compassionate.
Having just kick off a debut-run of headline shows this month, 2024 looks set to be a banner year for Corey Harper. From this performance alone, it's safe to say we'll be right there with him every step of the way.
Director: Connor Kenrick
Cameras: Connor Kenrick, Megell Strayhorn and David Navarrete
Audio Engineer: Norbert (Dreamy Draw Festival / Oh Wow Company)
Editor: Dan Monro (Lookout Productions)
Producer: Ross Jones
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