London Singer-Songwriter Harry Strange Builds A Darkened Synth Soundscape on "Signs"
Maybe you don’t know Harry Strange yet but you should, and if we do our job right here, you will. The London-based singer-songwriter only has three singles up on Spotify, but they’ve garnered far beyond half a million streams since last year, a tough feat for an up-and-comer bursting onto the scene with little to no fanfare. Harry doesn’t need any big PR pushes or social media campaigns or confetti mailed out to potential fans. His voice is enough.
Last month, Harry dropped “Signs,” his third single. When we asked him to tell us a little about the track, he said
An ode, then, to the scary stuff — the transparency, the courage, the feeling too much and too hard — “Signs” offers a sweet reminder to be there for each other. Maybe that subject matter calls to mind a minimalist arrangement built on acoustic guitar or even a catchy pop banger, but actually, we get a buzzing electronic base swirling with dark energy.
The track opens with dizzying synth vibrato before Harry’s voice comes in, impassioned and steady but with an ache. Soon, organic snaps of percussion join the arrangement as Harry delivers a desperate falsetto. The music falls out for a second, stripped to its bones, before more deep throbs of synth resound as the rest of the piece grows with an eerie urgency. The song continues like this, awash in long stretches of shadowy electronic treatment. For just over three minutes, Harry leads us by the hand into an otherworldly soundscape of strangely sensuous (and slightly apocalyptic) rhythms. “Signs” is a spellbinding sojourn into the kind of minimalist dark-pop anthems Harry Strange is bound to treat us to in the future. We’re just a little impatient for them.