Brett Harris Up In The Air on LP
"The phrase Up in the Air struck me as being true of the climate in which this album was made," Brett Harris says of the title of his second long-player. "I started recording it at a time when a lot of my peers were saying goodbye to their 20s and were witnessing their careers either take off or give way to a more conventional way of life. At the time, I wasn't completely sure of how that was going to work itself out in my own life."
Those existential dilemmas are addressed compellingly in the ten carefully crafted, personally charged original tunes that comprise Up in the Air. Harris effortlessly taps into a time-honored pop vocabulary to create music that's both infectiously catchy and deeply expressive. From the sunny, surging grooves of "End of the Rope" to the airy uplift of "Out of the Blue" to the intimate introspection of "High Times" to the bittersweet beauty of "Don't Look Back," Up in the Air makes a deeply compelling case for the North Carolina-based singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist's vibrant melodic mastery, his vivid lyrical skills, his warmly evocative voice and his uncanny knack for inventive, ear-caressing arrangements.
Up in the Air validates the flood of critical praise that the artist has already received. In addition to receiving copious acclaim for his first album Man of Few Words as well as his trio of independently released EPs, Harris has also won notice for his work as a featured performer and core band member on the recent series of all-star concerts honoring Big Star's classic Third album, with which he has performed on three continents, and as auxiliary guitarist-keyboardist on the historic 2012 reunion tour by power-pop progenitors the dB's.