New Music: Harlequiin

22nd May 2017

Melt in Olive is the debut single by multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Harlequiin (real name Rory Simmons) featuring the vocals of the very talented Elliot Cole, who recently performed on the Lack of Afro album.

Rory is an individual known for usually sticking in the shadows of the music industry, but he has now found his light with the new niche of music he is producing. Melt in Olive is the first track to be released from Simmons’ upcoming EP which exhibits a very impressive blend of ‘soulful electronica’, appealing to those with a background taste in indie and dance with a subtle hint of a darker R&B form.

The sinister synth with the pulse of the deep bass throughout excels you into a world of an almost ‘80s era with the added vibe of classic Mario Kart. Don’t believe me? Just close your eyes and be transported right back onto Rainbow Road.

Simmons has previously produced and performed with acts such as Bat for Lashes, Mount Kimbie, Paolo Nutini and The 1975; it is quite the eclectic mix he has under his belt. Not only that, but prior to recording his own music under the pseudonym Harlequiin, he also appeared on Jools Holland, as well as scoring orchestra pieces for BBC Proms and SkyArts; definitely not a newbie to the ever-expanding music scene.

Suggestive of acts such as Flume and Hudson Mohawke with added elements of Eska and Little Dragon, Harlequiin has encouragingly kept his own identity through his structured production and composing. His lyrics mediate the ideas of fading cities, car lights and passing time, giving us a glimpse into his creative being and cinematic world.

His ability to convert the ordinary into something truly unique and stimulating, indicates his pure talent in songwriting and production, which is no surprise given his impressive background in the industry.
A very distinct and exciting artist in the electro-soul meets alt-pop world, which quite frankly I can’t wait to hear more of. A truly intriguing release.
Check out the single on Soundcloud here, and watch the video premiere above.
Words by Ellie Dixon-Smith

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