London-Based Artist Harry Strange Releases Bittersweet New Single "Sober"
The last time we told you about Harry Strange, he had just released his single “Signs,” a minimalist dark-pop anthem. Now, months later, the London-based singer-songwriter returns with “Sober,” a bittersweet new single. The track comes to us off of Harry’s upcoming debut EP, Crying At The Party, a concept record exploring the house party scene.
“'Sober' is [about] the classic case of not being noticed by the one person you'd hope to be noticed by. The track was produced by my best mate Brookfield and we really wanted to create this contrasting dynamic between happiness and sadness which I think is a really interesting relationship,” Harry tells The Music Mermaid. “I think especially when it comes to a party or a social environment with a heavy involvement with drinking, you can jump between these two emotions so quickly, and the [upcoming] EP explores the instability of this dynamic.”
“Sober” kicks off with a cool bloom of synth trills and the clack of percussion before Harry’s sweet voice comes in spitting matter-of-fact, confrontational lyrics, setting the scene perfectly as he narrates a classic party scene. The arrangement mostly maintains its minimalist treatment — just that echoing synth and quick clicks — but later, new details start to emerge, like a digital plink and a percussive smash and new voices wailing the hook far off in the distance. This is one of many dynamics at play in “Sober.” A journey into the fluctuating feelings of young adults navigating love and parties and friendship, “Sober” oscillates between a steady, simple base and a more evolved alt-pop composition.