This exclusive NoiseTrade release includes three songs from orchestral country/rock/folk mastermind Jason Hawk Harris's 2019 debut album 'Love & the Dark,' plus an acoustic demo of never-before-released song "The Risk You Take." With an unlikely background, Harris is a singer/guitarist/songwriter who walks his own line, one that touches on Lyle Lovett’s lyrical frankness, John Moreland’s punk cerebralism and Judee Sill’s mysticism and orchestral sensibility. There’s even the literary and sonic audacity of an early Steve Earle, an outlaw unafraid to embrace harmony.On “Cussing at the Light,” the classic “drink-you-off-my-mind” trope has an updated countrypolitan vibe with its precise harmonies courtesy of Natalie Nicoles, and a raucous teenage urgency rumbles through the punchy “I’m Afraid.” "The Smoke and the Stars" takes you to compelling new places. You can hear the essence of classical music in a long crescendo; you can feel his Houston upbringing in JHH’s soulful and humid inflection; you can sense his Los Angeles home in the sharp and risky dynamics. You can feel it when Harris swings for the fences. "The Risk You Take," culled from Jason's acoustic archives, displays the songwriter in his most unvarnished, natural state; this is where his grandiose, swirling arrangements first start.
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