Harkin — „Honeymoon Suite“ (June 17th, 2022)
∞ “Harkin is a seasoned songwriter, but the circumstances have brought out the best in her creatively.“ — Narc Magazine 5/5
∞ “After years of collaborating, Katie Harkin is proving she has plenty to say on her own terms.” — DIY Magazine 4/5
∞ “With Honeymoon Suite, Harkin has proven that there’s beauty to be found within the darkness.” — Loud and Quiet 4/5
Location: Leeds, UK ~ Hudson, New York
Album release: June 17th, 2022
Record Label: Hand Mirror
01. Body Clock 3:27
02. A New Day 3:34
03. Here Again 3:39
04. Matchless Lighting 4:33
05. (Give Me) The Streets of Leeds 3:16
06. Mt. Merino 3:07
07. Talk of the Town 2:55
08. To Make Her Smile 3:13
09. Listening Out 5:17
10. Driving Down a Flight of Stairs 11:20
∞ Harkin will release her new album Honeymoon Suite on June 17, 2022 via Hand Mirror. Ahead of the release, the UK artist has shared the album track “Body Clock”, the first single from the record, accompanied by a video created by Pastel Castle.
∞ Recorded in a one bedroom flat in the depths of UK lockdowns, the songs on Honeymoon Suite are described a blend of love, grief, anxiety, resilience, danger, heartbreak and hope. on Hand Mirror, the label, was founded by Harkin and her wife, the poet Kate Leah Hewett.
∞ Speaking about the video, Harkin said “I was a big fan of Pastel Castle’s work and felt like this song would be a perfect fit. I wrote and recorded it during lockdown in a flat with no outdoor space. My brother loaned me a Nintendo Switch and I found solace in games with large maps to explore. Songwriting and gameplay can both have the power to transport and the video Pastel Castle has created takes me on a beautiful and perilous quest.”
∞ Adding to this, Pastel Castle commented “The video for ‘Body Clock’ is a piece of frame~by~frame pixel art animation, which I had the best time making here at my little home studio in Leeds. Many days were focused entirely on tailoring the movement of Katie’s Sprite / Avatar to align with the mood of the track. I’m very happy with our collaboration and feel inspired now to go on a bit of an adventure of my own.”
∞ In addition to her own bands, Harkin has been a touring member of Sleater~Kinney, Wild Beasts, Flock of Dimes, and Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett’s Sea Lice. She performed backing vocals for Dua Lipa on Saturday Night Live. She dueted with comedian Sarah Silverman on ‘Tiny Changes: A Celebration of Frightened Rabbit’s The Midnight Organ Fight’. Her studio work includes contributions to Waxahatchee’s ‘Out In The Storm’. Outside of the music world, Harkin has composed for Turner Prize~winning artist Helen Marten and British comedian Josie Long. She even has a Saturday Night Live sketch named after her (Fred Armisen’s 2016 ‘Harkin Brothers Band’).
∞ The album takes its title from the couple’s affectionate nickname for the flat they found themselves living in after relocating from their then~home in Hudson, New York, where Harkin’s wife was working as a live music promoter until the pandemic was declared. When it became obvious that they would both be out of work indefinitely, they joined many others heeding the call of their home nations to repatriate. In addition to that frenzied move back to the UK, the couple’s planned wedding also took a hard left turn. They had intended to hold a wedding for 150 in September 2020. Instead, they got married in a small, outside ceremony in front of their bubbled parents and siblings. They were married in the Derbyshire village of Eyam, coincidentally famous for quarantining itself during The Bubonic Plague. The flowers in the image on the album’s back cover are their wedding bouquets. “I followed a YouTube tutorial and made our bouquets out of the wedding flowers our friends sent us. We didn’t take a honeymoon and still haven’t. Instead, the flat in Sheffield became our honeymoon suite.”
Words by Jack Doherty • Score: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️