Following on from their debut release for 2020 in Do Your Worst, Melbourne’s HARVES serves up their second offering for the year in their new single, The River. A song that continues to explore a rich balance of production and keys beneath crisp vocals, The River charms with its use of space and brooding delivery. Written and recorded between band members Samuel K Sproull and Matthew Wright’s respective homes during Victoria’s lockdown, The River uses the feeling of isolation and yearning to form the essence of their latest track.
The River has been born directly out of the experience the duo have been going through – along with the rest of Victoria – under tight COVID-19 restrictions that have limited interactions and connections with anybody and (mostly) everybody. As the song continues, the vocals ponder what is coming on the other side, chasing an answer to a problem that seems, at present, unsolvable.
“It’s a bit of a metaphor about being creatures of habit, good and bad. About not making changes even though you know what you need to do and hoping that one day the answer will present itself. In our case specifically, I guess that answer was to start releasing some songs and let that dictate change.” Harves
Harves Talk About Their Favourite Film Composers
- Joe Hisaishi (MW)
I had the pleasure of seeing Joe Hisaishi perform with the MSO earlier this year and it was absolutely next level. His composition work for Studio Ghibli/Hayao Miyazaki plays such an integral part. I couldn’t imagine anyone else being able to fill his shoes.
- Ludwig Göransson (MW)
Not only is he an amazing film composer, but also an incredibly talented music producer. His production work with Childish Gambino has been massively influential to us. His most recent work on Tenet is up there with some of the best composition work I’ve ever heard.
- Air (MW)
Air’s scoring work for The Virgin Suicides is phenomenal. I listen to this record at least once a week. It’s a timeless soundtrack to a timeless film, and I think Playground Love is one of the greatest songs ever written.
- Ennio Morricone (SKS)
Ennio’s music is probably my #1 influence for guitar playing. And look, I suck at guitar pretty bad, but I’ve definitely been able to make it sound like some sort of Quentin Tarantino deep cut now and then. Spaghetti Western, love it.
- Hans Zimmer (SKS)
Come on. Duh. This guy invents a new soundtrack genre ever decade. From Rain Man to Inception – some of the most recognisable soundtracks of all time that change the game every time.
- Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross (SKS)
In some small way I feel like Harves is a distant relative of this duo. For a great deal of time NIN were my absolute favourite band, so it was only natural for me to obsess over the soundtracks to The Social Network and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
Interview By Rob Lyon