The Harpoons

I know it will be special. Unforgettable’s lyrics perfectly sum up how I feel about The Harpoons’ music. The Melbourne pop-soul outfit have just dropped their latest single Unforgettable, which strikes a perfect balance of effortlessly catchy pop sensibilities, old-school soul vocals and R&B-influenced production.

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The Harpoons are Bec Rigby, whose sultry vocals convey a heartbreaking quality, complemented by brothers Henry and Jack Madin, who write the head-bopping winners and soulful ballads, and Martin King (of Oscar + Martin) who unifies the tracks with his superb beatmaking skills.

There’s been a rise in the modern R&B/soul genre, also offered by Melbourne’s Saskwatch (the band, not a big, hairy Yeti). It’s these homegrown bands which are reviving the Aussie soul scene by infusing old soul with a contemporary pop aesthetic, breathing new life into the classic soul-blues sound.

The Harpoons are breathing fresh new life into classic R&B and soul by infusing it with tight pop sensibilities. Case in point: their new track Unforgettable.

Unforgettable is just that. Opening with Rigby’s delicate whispers of crooning heartache, which transition into a pulsating, steady beat surrounded by handclaps, bongo drums and buzzing synths.

A step away from the low-fi, percussive-based, stripped down pop songs in their 2012 EP Walk Away/Keep You Around, Unforgettable showcases a more polished, sophisticated sound with its silky smooth melody and killer R&B production elements (make sure you also check out Melbourne duo Friendships’ sick remix).

The Harpoons’ new single comes from the band’s forthcoming debut album Falling For You, which will drop in just a couple of months (we’re excited!).

Falling For You will be released via Two Bright Lakes / Remote Control Records with a release date slated for sometime in July 2014. The Harpoons will launch Unforgettable on June 5th at Shebeen in Melbourne with guests and Happy faves, Friendships.



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