It’s simple: Brett Harris is Durham, North Carolina’s best kept secret that’s not so secret anymore. A gifted multi-instrumentalist with an impressive resume, Mr. Harris releases his new four-song e.p., Mr. Sunshine, on September 9th. Just for whetting your appetites, he’s played with The dB’s as keyboardist and guitarist; he’s also been part of the touring company that performs the Big Star 3rd and now #1 Record albums in concert. I don’t think I need to go further. Most importantly, he is a wonderful singer and songwriter and this E.P. is a wonderful companion to his debut album, 2010’s self titled release.
“Out Of The Blue” is a very Lennon-esque styled track but full, rich and is produced with an ear for detail to that Beatle manner of arrangement; a glorious way to start proceedings. It’s evident that Mr. Harris knows how to write, construct and deliver classic pop with his own imprint, which is buoyant. Listen to his voice; it works as another instrument – a perfect flow with the musicians. The title track, “Mr. Sunshine” has a bright and sunny guitar strum; if I may, it almost reminds me of Bowie’s “Sound And Vision”, melodically speaking, but has a lot of soul, with its horn flourishes and the backing harmonies. The live rendition of Big Star’s “Kanga Roo” induces chills – Mr. Harris’ rendition is passionate and takes the song to another emotional level. “When You Get The Chance” is a sweet, subdued and charming number to close this four song collection in a very satisfying manner.
Four songs of diverse style; four songs of heart and skill. Remember the name: Brett Harris. And buy the records.
Mr. Wonderful will be available September 9th, 2014