New Music Critiques: Hark! En Co

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Contact: [email protected]
Web: harkejan.nl
Seeking: Label, Production
Style: Pop, Rock, Folk, Classical

This is interesting. Harke Jan van der Meulen is a composer who studied English at the University of Amsterdam, taking lessons in composition from Martijn Padding and Daan Manneke. He then decided to devote himself to combining literature and music. So there are very folky, storytelling elements to the songs on his website—think Jethro Tull and Fairport Convention, as well as ‘60s psychedelic rock bands such and the Strawberry Alarm Clock. There’s a bit of later-era Beatles influence in there too, and it all combines to create something endearingly sweet if not as other-worldly as the artist might have hoped. No matter—the songs are fun and dripping in selfawareness so there’s much to love.