last june i had the pleasure of producing a new EP from philadelphia artist Heart Harbor. i first met kerry hallett after a show in portland OR in december of 2013. she came right up to me and asked if i produced music and if she could send me some songs. i have to say after years of these conversations, very little usually comes of them. a lot of factors have to line up, and they usually don’t. in kerry’s case that brief chat at a show turned into a year-long collaboration and 10 wonderful recordings.
from the first time i heard her early demos, kerry’s music has had a sound and viewpoint already in place. my job has been the fun part – pushing her to re-write where she needed to be clearer, asking questions that result in new ideas, and setting up the conditions for happy audio accidents to take place. by the time we went to miner street studios, kerry had spent nearly a year working on these songs, and the time put in shows. the first 5 will arrive on the upcoming “Tender Trap EP”, the rest sometime later next year.
“Hating Nothing” is a song that really benefited from our conversations, and it grew up tremendously in our process. it’s a reminder to me that music is incredibly unpredictable and can still surprise you at every turn, or chorus, as the case may be. check it out:
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