I’m going to start what is likely to be a kiss arse, sorry excuse for a review by saying this upfront: I bloody love Asthmatic Harp. She makes lovely, unique music I can imagine being played in a giant hall, in front of an important emperor with a toga on. He’s eating grapes too. The vision is ruined; I’m not a fan of fruit.
I have no idea where Asthmatic Harp got her name from, whether it’s a moniker picked from a dream or, like me, she had a random word generator on the go. It’s the reason my PS4 tag is landrovermellowcheese. Either way, I love the title, and I adore the song we are premiering today; To The Boats. I should probably talk about that now, so here we go. The newest single from Asthmatic Harp is a duet with Sophie Kilburn, and I have to say it’s a fantastic match. It’s a chilled-out tune, giving the feeling of a floating, colourful daydream. It’s more like you’re gliding through the song than actually listening to it; with surreal lyrics in keeping with the overall feel.
It’s a minimalist, simplistic track, with its bare-bones approach garnering beautiful and memorable results. Apparently, the instrument used in To The Boats is called an autoharp, and I’m all over it. I’m going on eBay to find one of my own this instant. Hang on, £10 for postage? Unbelievable. Forget it! My career as a musician is over before it’s begun. Asthmatic Harp has the autoharp niche down anyway, and wonderfully so.
Honestly, I really dig how different the work of Asthmatic Harp is, and To The Boats is no exception. It doesn’t disappoint and keeps to her already high standard of music, leaving me wanting more of the same. Lovely stuff.