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Ross Harper presents a two track teaser EP from his forthcoming ‘The Dark Album’ set to be released in fall 2022. ‘Deep Life’ is the track that has the awesome power to bring the attention to the now, taking the listener away from the noise of their minds and into the present moment. To the place where it is just them and the dance. ‘Zeitgeber’, this is where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. A hard jacking core adorned with drones, organs and spiraling grooves, the result is a magnificent bejeweled stomper that just cries out for more and more.
‘The Dark Album’ is a snapshot of Ross Harper’s subconscious, the tracks were written between the years of 2008 and 2018, this ten year period marks a culmination of time in Ross Harper’s life of almost complete introspection.
„After almost 20 years of deep contemplation, I emerged in November 2018 after experiencing what I would call my Third Awakening. I am now in a very different chapter of my life. The tracks in ‘The Dark Album’ were all written during this almost catatonic state and hence are almost like a mirror to the inner darkness.”
About Ross Harper:
Upon hearing Ross Harper´s music for the first time a new acquaintance said to Ross that he was reminded of the Sprawl Trilogy by William Gibson. This a cryptic thing to say, but actually this comparison works in many ways. Like in Gibson’s work you can feel the psychedelia in Ross. The Sprawl Trilogy marked a step change in science fiction writing as it foresaw many social changes that then unfolded. And his music has that same feeling, of something very different, possibly revolutionary, definitely exploratory and at times, yes, revelatory. But also, Ross himself has a story similar to the lead character “Case” in the Sprawl books. A case is a man who is extremely talented yet at the same time, he is his own worst enemy.
Harper has had an unswerving devotion to electronic music ever since his drug-induced baptism in the 90s London rave scene which led to an intense 5 years of studying music production. Since then he has spent years delving deeper and deeper into production, as such there is now a huge body of unreleased work which is just starting to see the light of day. The talent has not gone unnoticed with DJ support from Martin L Gore (lead songwriter for Depeche Mode), Nemone on BBC Radio 6 Music and Laurent Garnier.
The music has been compared to Jon Hopkins, Robert Miles and Orbital. Although these similarities are discernable, he is certainly an artist simply determined to do his own thing. Ross would cite his major early influences as Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Portishead, Morcheeba and then everything 90s rave. He grew up in a single-parent family and his mum is his greatest role model, she is a Children’s Party Entertainer. And the family name, Harper, well, a Harper is traditionally someone who played music at festivals.