Sean Harper - Pearls Before 'you'
Its taken a while to get through all of these songs, instrumentals included, I stayed firm. Did I connect? Yes and no...More times than not I enjoyed the melodies, the creative spirit, but the moment, those moments collide with Harpers vocals on "Japanese Girl Friend", there's something terribly wrong. A serious hook, Harpers lead vocals sit somewhere between Porno For Pyrocs and cats dying a gruesome death.
Hellogoodbye fans and descending should find solace in these tones. Sometimes its blank canvas that gets filled smoothly and maybe every now and then this soft voice of Harpers isn't so bad. "Off My Mind", he shows a vocal understanding, melody, and transparency of his own tone... "Sanity" had an evil fork to its ping, played childishly but impressive nonetheless. Overall, this is a record of unique folk and synthesizer. "Lavender" and"Incoming Love Affair" are very chill and without awkwardness.
Now before all the hair and make up kids line-up, bring an open mind, clean and indie...confident and flowey. Something and not necessarily the vocals are wrong, I just cant seem to put my finger on it. Instrumentals are terrific for background music during any ocassion, especially "Nobody But Her". "Gone Girl Blues" has the most radio appeal After some time listening to Harper, I'm enjoying the patterns created on Pearls before 'you'. What does the future look like for Sean Harper ? Not quite sure as this project could go in either direction.
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