- Start: 10 April 2020 7:00 pm
Harkin has been touring since her teens and is one of the most prolific collaborators of her generation. Now, a lifelong collaborator steps into the singular.
After debuting her solo live band at SXSW 2019, Harkin will release her self titled debut album on the 24th of April, 2020. ‘Harkin’ was written on the road, in a cottage in the Peak District – the UK’s oldest national park – and in Upstate New York. The record was as nomadic as its creator, made over time in three different time zones – at Seahorse Sound in LA, Tesla Sheffield UK with Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Darkstar) and John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Waxahatchee, Kurt Vile) at Sonic Youth’s Echo Canyon West NJ USA.
The record features contributions from Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa and Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner and was completed over 16 days dotted between Harkin’s gruelling tour schedule.
Noted as a ‘poet laureate of punk’ in the Guardian’s style guide, in addition to her own bands, she has been a touring member of Sleater Kinney, Wild Beasts, Flock of Dimes, and Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett. She dueted with comedian Sarah Silverman on Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s ‘The Midnight Organ Fight’. Her studio work also includes contributions to Waxahatchee’s Out In The Storm. Outside of the music world, Harkin has composed for Turner Prize-winning artist Helen Marten and British comedian Josie Long. She even has a Saturday Night Live sketch named after her (Fred Armisen’s 2016 ‘Harkin Brothers Band’). The album will be released on Hand Mirror, with publishing support from Rough Trade Publishing. Harkin and her partner, the poet and live arts organiser Kate Leah Hewett, founded Hand Mirror in 2019, ‘Harkin’ is the first full length album to be released on Hand Mirror, and the organisation also has literary publications, compilations and live events in both the US and the UK in the pipeline.
The result of Harkin’s unique trajectory is an album that fuses the eeriness of the English countryside with the pace of the mechanized world. In addition to the live foundation of the record, formed of her in-demand musicianship and that of her world class collaborators, manipulated samples and synths howl out over the songs like the winds on the moors themselves. The album cover features a portrait by acclaimed cinematographer Ashley Connor (Angel Olsen, Maggie Rogers, Mitski, Broad City S5, The Miseducation of Cameron Post) overlaid with Harkin’s own photo of marquee letters she discovered in a venue laundry room. Truly an album born on the road.
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