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Gus Harrower Is Widely Regarded As One Of Scotland’s Most Innovative Young Musicians, Take A Listen
By Stevie Connor.
Gus Harrower is widely regarded as one of Scotland’s most innovative young musicians. Since the release of his debut EP in 2015, he has become a regular feature of the Edinburgh music scene and has made a name for himself, performing in a range of venues across the country; from Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh, to Glasgows 02, and most notably, a packed out Wembley Arena. He kick-started 2018 with his sophomore EP, Where We Were, venturing into a darker, more politicised approach to songwriting.
The success of his EP landed him a nomination alongside breakthrough artists Lewis Capaldi and Callum Beattie in the Scottish Alternative Music Awards. While his experience touring with Hit The Road was one of many catalysts for his mature development between his two EP’s.
Having recently drawn comparisons to Bon Iver and Jack Garrett, his ability to write and perform infectious anthems has been recognized on BBC Radio Scotland as Janice Forsyth’s song of the week.
His strength as an artist lies, not just in his technical skill but in his versatility. From melancholic melodies to upbeat rap collaborations his skill for taking listeners on a voyage through his personal experience is formidable. As a pianist, his marriage of jazzy pop and classical training produces a captivating unpredictability tied, invariably, to a gripping and cathartic resolution.
Continuing to hone old tracks and create new ones, Gus Harrower has produced one of the most fluid and mesmerizing debut albums of the year.
His immense talent is showcased with the release of the track 'The Day Sinatra Died'
Gus said of the song, "The Day Sinatra Died, I wrote this song shortly after my Grandfather passed away a couple of years ago. I heard a story that my Grumpy wore a black armband to his teaching job the day Frank Sinatra died. I always found this quite amusing as he didn't know this man yet looked up to him so much. As if he was royalty. I wanted to write a song that tied parallels between these two men who lived in two completely different worlds yet probably would've chatted away to each other in a bar, Sinatra with a whiskey and my Grumpy with a pint of ale, until the wee small hours. George Smith, my Grumpy, was to me as Frank Sinatra was to him. Here he is looking cool as"