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Harriet Releases Debut Album ‘American Appetite’

By Will Oliver, February 2nd 2016

Harriet - American Appetite

We’re only 33 days into 2016, but we’ve already been graced with some awesome albums. This includes American Appetite, the debut album from Los Angeles band Harriet, a release four years in the making.

You see, I first posted about Harriet late in 2011, after becoming fascinate with their debut single “I Slept With All Your Mothers.” It was included on their debut EP, and had me readily waiting to see what they had up their sleeves for their debut.

Only, aside from founder Alex Casnoff (who formerly played piano with Dawes and Papa) and drummer Henry Kwapis, the lineup kept changing and time went on and the wait for the album continued. This wasn’t a bad thing, as Casnoff and the rest of the group smartly took their time with the release, carefully putting together all the right ingredients and pieces, releasing songs and videos one by one, and signing to the small but impressive roster of Harvest Records. Ultimately this helped them to prepare for the release of American Appetite, doing it their own way.

I got to watch the band grow in real time, so it’s almost hard for me to believe that their album is actually here. But it is indeed a real thing, and as great of a first document of the band as I could’ve hoped. At their core, Harriet is built around the songwriting prowess of Casnoff. But they’re far from folk or an americana rock band, even if those elements are found throughout the 12 songs that make up American Appetite. As the years passed, they evolved as a band, showing an ability to take these songs and add a shiny pop or even dance guise, as evident on “Ten Steps” the unshakeable second track on the album.

All in all, the debut offering from Harriet feels far too polished and readymade to be a debut. They group have managed to do the unthinkable and deliver a first time release that seems like it has come from seasoned veterans. It may have been a long time coming, but American Appetite was well worth the wait, and is proof that Harriet are very much a band to watch in the future. Big things are on the way.

Today they released a brand new video for ““Inheritance,” which serves as a short heist-film with some messages about the music industry that are pretty clear. Check it out via Billboard.

American Appetite is available to purchase right here.

Harriet – Bent

By Will Oliver, December 4th 2015

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I’ve been sharing the songs of Los Angeles quartet Harriet for some time now, but it’s not until the early days of 2016 that we get to hear their first official full-length album, American Appetite (January 29 on Harvest Records to be exact) .

The group have recently shared the beautiful and sprawling album cut “Bent.” It doesn’t take long for it to create and maintain a feeling of atmosphere, keeping the mesmerizing feeling and sense of place until the very last second. It’s a wonderful listen, the sort of song that will act as a warm comfort during these upcoming chilly months. If the rest of the album can deliver in such a way, it will be one of the first can’t miss records of the year.

Stream “Bent” below, and check out the home-movie style music video that the band release as well. It was directed by the band’s very own Alex Casnoff.
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[new]: Harriet – “Irish Margaritas”

By Will Oliver, March 3rd 2015

Harriet EP

Los Angeles band Harriet have been a band we’ve been watching for some time on this blog. So we are proud to learn, and announce, that the group has signed to Harvest Records, who released their new self-titled EP today.

In celebration of the release of the EP, and the signing, the group have released the official music video for single “Irish Margaritas.” It was directed by the band’s singer Alex Casnoff and premiered earlier today over at The Fader. Here’s what the band had to say about the video:

The LIME, our video’s hero, is the mascot for our drink sponsor (our “beats pill” if you will). Irish Margaritas // A video about object glorification and rampant/overbearing product placement–trying to give some sort of spiritual importance to a meaningless thing: LIME WORSHIP. The LIME is benevolent. The LIME tastes good. The LIME welcomes you. Heed its call.

As for the track itself, it’s got a bouncy synth-beat, along with a big folk-rooted chorus that creates a scattered electronic-rock jam that sort of sits in its own genre completely. Harriet always have had a knack of creating songs that sound huge, and Irish Margarita” is no different.

Enjoy the video below (if you have Epilepsy, you probably shouldn’t watch) and head to iTunes now to pick up the EP.
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[music video]: Harriet – Ten Steps

By Will Oliver, July 24th 2014

Harriet - Ten Steps

L.A. outfit Harriet have a new album on the way that is awesomely titled It’s Totally Cool I Wouldn’t Even Worry About It. They already shared the video for first single “Burbank”, and they’ve since followed that up with a video for new single “Ten Steps.”

The video has to be one of the best of the year to date. It features all kinds of choreographed dancing and some brilliant cinematography that begs other bands to step up their music video game up. Oh, it also helps that the song is killer good. It explores a very dance-funk area that just keeps grooving along with some perfectly placed vocals from Alex Casnoff. It’s super smooth and easy on the ears.

Enjoy the video below. I’ve also shared a mp3 of the song, which was made available on their soundcloud page.
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[new]: Harriet – Burbank

By Will Oliver, February 11th 2014 — with 1 comment

Harriet

Harriet have returned with a music video for their brand new track “Burbank.” The song is the first single on their upcoming album It’s Totally Cool, I Wouldn’t Even Worry About It.

The song features the band’s now familiar sound, a smooth little jam that has a grand sweeping warmth to it.

Check out it’s interesting video below which was directed by Ethan Berger and premiered by Noisey.
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Support Harriet’s Kickstarter For Their Debut Album

By Will Oliver, December 20th 2012

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Harriet, a young band from Los Angeles that I’m excited about, is soon going to begin working on their debut full-length album. They need some help before they can do so. Which is why they launched a kickstarter campaign.

They are almost at their goal, but they can use some additional funds in order to make the best album that they can. If the fund helps them make songs as solid as “No Way Out”, it is well worth every penny.

Read about the kickstarter here, and download “No Way Out” below.

[mp3]: Harriet – No Way Out

[new]: Harriet – No Way Out

By Will Oliver, November 9th 2012 — with 1 comment

Harriet have returned with new song “No Way Out” that showcases a new direction for the band. It’s a powerful song, as it details an near-death experience that lead-singer Alex Casnoff with weed. The song evokes this fear and hopelessness in a emotional way using electronic sounds and vocals to apply this effect.

It’s a brave song for such a young band. But it makes sense, as Harriet are emerging as one of the best new bands floating around.

Listen to the song below and find the story that Alex shared with the Music Ninja about his near-death experience right after.

[mp3]: Harriet – No Way Out

“Two years ago on the holiday known as 4-20 I overdosed on weed. My heart stopped. What I thought was half a dose of a hash oil candy bar, was three doses of the strongest edible the club had. Marijuana is legal in Los Angeles, but my heart stopped. Literally. Flat line, beeeeeeeep, doctors rush in, everything. I could have single handedly taken down the industry. The first weed-death. The no-addiction, no-harm drug, now lethal. Of course a little Ativan in my veins and I was back a few moments later. But for a second I was really gone. I stopped breathing. I had no control over anything. I just sat there in my body, waiting and watching and vomiting and choking until I died. After, I remember a bro-nurse, tatted up the sleeve, handing me a giant cup of ice water in a plastic bucket, and all I could say was “Biiig Waaater”, but nothing’s ever tasted better. It’s embarrassing to have died from weed. It doesn’t inspire feelings of strength or masculinity. The only consolation was that when my friend and I brought back the chocolate to the club to complain, they mentioned that the same thing had happened to, not gonna name names, and I obviously can’t confirm the sources reliability, but, an important member of the Wu-Tang Clan. I feel like that puts me in good company. Pot is a fantastic thing. There are no warnings or doctrines in this song, besides, don’t go to a club on 4-20 and ask for the strongest edible they have, like, something thats literally gonna make me hallucinate, and then accidentally imbibe three of them. It’s a recounting of where my head was at, when I lost complete control of my body. Nothing’s ever been scarier for me. And, nothings ever been so overpriced as a hospital. At least we got a song out of it. No Way Out.”

Harriet are hard at work prepping their debut album, which should come out next year. In the meantime they are releasing cover sessions, where they will cover songs (new & old) that they love, putting them together and splitting them apart.

The first session is a combo of John Hiatt’s “Have A Little Faith In Me” and Frank Ocean’s “Lost”. I don’t know how one nails a combined cover of those two tracks, but Harriet nailed it. Watch below.
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Harriet have released a dazzling music video for “I Slept With All Your Mothers”. It features lead-singer Alex Casnoff battling with himself over a few drinks. It also features a girl who is nude, so heads up if you’re reading this at work.

“I Slept With All Your Mothers” is off the bands debut EP, Tell The Right Story. You can download the EP for free here.

Catch the video below. Way to go, Henry you’re making me proud.
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