Brand new album! 'human', Harvey's new record featuring Canadian artist Laura Cole is to be released on 16th June, 2016! Laura is a rising star in Canada, with her debut album 'Dirty Cheat' which was released in 2014 following a duet with legendary producer, Daniel Lanois on the song, 'Papineau'. This is where Harvey first heard her and instantly realised she had the perfect voice and talent for 'human', an album he's wanted to make for a long time but hadn't found the right collaborator. Laura has been compared to the likes of Amy Winehouse and Etta James. This record blends an eclectic range of styles from 50’s Jazz to Rock to Dub to Motown and beyond! Featuring a host of world-class musicians and full horn and string sections, this is the big one!
Jupiter I realised a few years ago that it had been nearly 15 years since I released an album entirely of my own design and inspiration, having spent that time working on many commissions and producing records for other artists. The time had come for me to express my thoughts and feelings on subjects that matter to me, and to make a record that sounded just exactly the way I wanted it to. I had ideas about creating a vast sonic landscape full of both earthly and other worldly imagery, but I wanted to do so without using synthesisers or samples, I wanted to be able to ‘play’ the sounds much the same as I like to ‘play’ the mixing desk and actually perform the mix rather than setting it up like a static oil painting! So every single sound, every element has been performed by a musician, recorded organically, but then processed with various effects and treatments to create living, breathing textures, a complexity of sound all coming from the point source of a musical performance. So there are no synthesisers or samples on this record at all, except for the Moog taurus bass pedals which I use in place of bass guitar on some tracks as I love its deep, sonorous sound. My interests in science, cosmology and the wondrous areas where they meet spirituality and the meta-physical such as quantum physics and philosophy have provided my lyrical themes while my experience with ambient music has remained present during the transition to song writing yet I have been able to experiment with more rhythmical elements thanks to my awesome drummers, Sacha and Liam both of whom have a truly infectious groove! And I am incredibly fortunate to have met Danny Thompson who kindly added his great, growling bass, ‘Victoria’ to the title track. I hope this album takes you somewhere close to the joyful aural world I am blessed to find myself in. - Harvey Summers
Past Lives is a collection of work from a certain period in my musical life. In some ways it represents a transition period from my world and new age music to a more traditional, song based approach. There are still plenty of quirky instrumental tracks and wild instrumentation! Though my sound has moved on and evolved greatly since this album, I still enjoy the world it inhabits.
Harvey Summers is a recording artist in the truest sense of the word and listening to 'Past Lives' is like watching an artist caress the canvas with his brushes. As Summers paints his musical pictures, so the listener is transported to wherever it is Harvey Summers wants you to go. Atmospheric tracks like, opener, 'The Third Policeman' and 'Carnival Of Dancing Babies' are scattered with odd sound effects, squeaks, pops and other interesting noises for example but such is Summers skill, what could otherwise be annoying distractions, enchant and fascinate evoking thoughts of 'a genius at work in the studio'. Equally clever, is Summers selective use of instrumentation and melodies that have a 'familiar' sound to them. I challenge anyone not to think at some point during this album of Tom Barnaby and the 'Midsomer Murders' theme or Gillian Anderson and 'The X-Files' though neither of those theme tunes nor copies of such appear anywhere on this album! Tracks like 'Broken Piano' are particularly experimental and make no bones about being so either but skillfully slotted in to the patchwork pattern of this album, Harvey manages to entice you to 'come with him into this world of wonder' making you glad that you do. The accordion playing on 'Past Lives' is a particular delight also. Weaving in and out of the majority of the tracks it is the 'arm around the shoulder' from the artist that makes you feel special and valued as the listener. - Antony May, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer