Harry Strange Impresses With Party Concept On Debut EP
Crying at a party might actually be the quintessential moment that transitions adolesence into adulthood. We’ve all been there — either full-on drunken sobs or stifling weepy shudders into our shotglass when we see a certain someone across the room. Maybe it’s neither of the two — maybe it’s metaphorical, the cries accompanied by attending parties and what they represent: sometimes fun, sometimes escape, sometimes regret, and on and on and on.
On his debut EP, Crying At The Party, UK alt-pop artist Harry Strange treats listeners to four stages of the party scene, a concept record steeped in exploration and vulnerability. “The idea behind Crying at the Party came after writing the title track,” Harry tells The Music Mermaid about the EP. “I became obsessed with this idea of being able to create a project that followed a linear narrative through a night out and show how ones' emotions alter during the different stages [of a party scene]."
Crying At The Party opens with “Sober,” the EP’s lead single, a smart choice because it’s such a dynamic opener — it boasts classic electro-pop production, clacking and fizzing with thrumming electronic elements. Here, Harry delivers an alt-pop gem equal parts punchy and pained. On “Six Feet Under,” we maintain the electronica but ditch the pop. Coated in dark energy, the arrangement whirs with swollen synth sounds. “Steady Unstable” follows, kicked off by a piano flicker before the resounding hum of echoing vocals deliver one of the most beautiful moments of the EP, especially because the arrangement is sparse, built merely on buzzes and sparkles. Crying At The Party ends with its title track, just over two minutes of dreamy delivery and soft guitar picks breaking the track open halfway through before a series of sounds join the space one by one, growing into a gorgeous, oddly relaxing cacophony.
With just four songs, Harry Strange encapsulates the many phases of attending a party in one’s youth — the adrenaline high early on followed by the recklessness followed, finally, by the late night blues. Crying At The Party is a delicious fusion of cool, pumping electronica and vulnerability that splices the EP every once in a while.