Born and raised in Leeds, singer-songwriter Harry Hanson has just released his brand new single, Keys In A Bowl. To put this song into context, from the words of the man himself: “It’s a tongue-in-cheek diary entry of some of the quirky things I’ve learnt/heard about over my twenty-two years on earth”.
Keys In A Bowl starts with a dreamy, semi-childish introduction, immediately alluding to the perspective of innocence in which the song is written. You feel as if you are gliding for the first minute or so; picking up on the quizzical tone of the singer’s voice and words, picturing wandering through public spaces with an inquiring mind. The pre-chorus prepares the listener for a slight change to a gentle build-up in a classic rock style riff, which immediately gets the head bopping. Audibly pleasured by the scaling notes, the repetition allows one more cathartic release of enjoyment from the lead guitar.
The song goes through a pop style structure which hooks in the chorus and allows creativity in the verse. One thing that stands out, and could be Harry’s USP, is the slight strain in his angelic, innocent voice that most would respond to, even finding comfort in it. This, reinforced with his observational lyrics, allows Keys In A Bowl to have a personality which reflects the plight of the singer and represents his “quirky learnings over twenty-two years”.
The sound and vibe of the track is almost psych-rock; a song Billy Corgan himself would be proud of, and could easily be one of the thirty-nine tracks that didn’t make Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness. A quirky, well-written and enjoyable tune that could easily achieve chart success, Keys In A Bowl is out now.