The Sun (ep)
Peach Records Limited
Best remembered for her time as one fifth of the legendary Kiwi crew, When The Cat’s Away, Debbie Harwood had a solo career prior and after – recording singles in the early 1980s and a couple of albums of covers post-Cats.
She’s also been the organiser of many, many shows, including celebrations that get together at least 3/5s of Cats Away.
Amazingly this brand new EP is the first full statement of Harwood’s own songs – and there’s plenty to celebrate. Opener, Humour Me, is very reminiscent of mid/late-90s Joni Mitchell (Turbulent Indigo, Taming The Tiger), Grace begins as delicate piano balladry, the arrangement building around the poignancy of the lyric – the full band giving an Elton John-like feel to the tune in the end.
Isolated opens with a vulnerable lead vocal and piano – and again a poignant lyric. The band comes in to lift the song to another level; these are memorable choruses and Isolated in particular moves towards the feel and vibe of a great 80s power-ballad.
My favourite song – and the best performance on here – is That Kind of Love. There’s a great R’n’B lilt to it, strong production and again a soaring chorus; it almost feels like a great lost Black Crowes tune.
We close with Beautiful Binds – which has a Jan Hellriegel-mood about it. And I like this a lot also.
I hope it’s not so long before we hear from Debbie Harwood again.
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