Along with his calm and understated nature and brooding vocals, Harvey Causon produces a sound far more world wearied than his 20 years. We caught up with the producer and vocalist to find out about a few tracks that have influenced his sound ahead of his long-awaited headline show at The Louisiana this weekend.
Harvey Causon is turning heads with his deft take on contemporary R&B and percussive electronic music. The Bristol-based artist writes and produces his own tracks, as well as collaborating with flatmate Gabriel Gifford producing a sound that is heavy in meaning whilst calm in nature. In October, Harvey released his single ‘Frisson’ with local Bristol label Leisure Records and has since hit 250k streams and earned spots on NME and Spotify’s ‘Office’ and ‘Left Of Centre’ playlists, further cementing him as one-to-watch.
As his unique sound quickly gained traction over recent months and Harvey was invited to record live at the revered Maida Vale studios for BBC Introducing In The West. His impressive live set comprises collaborator Gifford and drummer Ben Toon. Together, the band have played sold-out shows supporting Tokio Myers, Puma Blue and Porches as well as multiple festivals including The Great Escape and All Points East. Harvey is now embarking on a run of three headline shows which come to a close at Bristol’s The Louisiana this Saturday 27th October with support from producer and vocalist Jevon Ives.
We caught up with the artist to find out about a few tracks that have influenced his sound.
Constant Surprises – Little Dragon
The drums just slap in this song, it’s always made me wiggle. It’s strange in that I really want the synth part to be louder but I think that the fact that it’s so low in the mix makes you really listen to it and it makes it such a beautiful base layer for Yukimi’s wavering vocals. It’s a really simple track with a great hook… ‘constant surprises, some call it coincidence but I like to call it fate’.
The antidote – Taylor Mcferrin Nai Palm
Taylor Mcferrin and Nai Palm being in a room together is always bound to create something beautiful. Nai Palm is a trooper, she’s full of soul and has such an extensive discography of powerful tunes. Seeing her live with Hiatus as a kid was eye opening. I got listening to Taylor Mcferrin through Brainfeeder, his production is seamless. This track has such a great energy built up thorough the percussion and layered melodies.
Tirzah – I’m not Dancing
The airy samples in this track used for the base line and those used for the drums make it such an interesting listen. I first got introduced to Tirzah through her Mount Kimbie supports, she’s a very timid performer but it’s the small nuances, unorthodox approach to music production and it’s translation live that make her so captivating. The track is co written and produced by Mica Levi who she also plays live with alongside Coby Sey. Mica’s productions are so interesting, particularly her soundtrack for the ‘Under the skin’ film.
Photay – Illusion of Seclusion
I was lucky enough to meet Evan at his XOYO set with Romare. I came across his music through following most of my favourite artists’ personal playlists on Spotify and this track just kept coming up. I think I love the way it builds, drops out and progresses. The production is incredible, it’s so interesting rhythmically and being so cinematic makes it brilliantly thought provoking.
Flair (feat. Octavian, Yxng Bane and Suspect)
This track goes hard, Suspects vocal is unnerving! I rate a lot of new grime music and I think this track epitomises a lot of powerful artists coming out of London.