Friday, 27 July 2018

Harlea Releases New Single 'Beautiful Mess'

Roxy Princess Present Harlea And her new single Beautiful Mess

RIYL: Portugal The Man, AnneMarie, Jess Glynne

"A formidable and pulsing entrance” – NME
“A powerful talent” – Clash

Birmingham born, London raised Harlea made quite the entrance last year with her debut tracks Miss Me and You Don’t Get It.

High praise came from NME, The Line of Best Fit, Guardian, Dazed and Clash, plus BBC Radio 1 support from Phil Taggart. Both tracks also made Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist, which resulted in over 1.25 million streams on the platform and You Don’t Get It was a Hype Machine top 5.

Now Harlea is back with her new single Beautiful Mess which has jumped straight on to Spotify’s New Music Friday playlist (like her previous releases) and is the first release on her own imprint Roxy Princess.

Debuted first during her performance at The Great Escape in May, Beautiful Mess is Harlea’s step into the limelight: a stylish, hook filled future classic. It’s produced by American super-producers Rock Mafia who have sold over 50 million records worldwide for artists like Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Ellie Goulding and the list goes on.

Talking about Beautiful Mess, Harlea adds, “This song is powerful, edgy and relatable to the world in which we live. Life is the most beautiful gift we have but humanity has an inbuilt destructive nature, which inevitably creates a mess. This single shows another side of who I am as an artist, when compared to my previous releases. Still edgy but with a more contemporary feel”

The accompanying video for Beautiful Mess was shot in the Californian desert by director Abraham Roofeh and features British poets Robert Montgomery and Greta Bellamacina.

Harlea knew she wanted Robert and Greta in the video, feeling they were a perfect fit for the song, “I had a vision of provocative words speaking ugly truths with a powerful blaze ripping through them. I instantly thought of Rob and Greta as I suspect it was their imagery that inspired my vision. Their art provokes society into self-examination and while filming we asked 40 people what the words in the “fire poem” at the end of the video meant? Everyone replied with something different and thought provoking”

Leaving her home in Birmingham at the age of 16, the enigmatic Harlea moved to London to become a model, “I left because I hated school and knew, that whatever I was going to do - it would be creative and did not require me to sit in a classroom” she told Dazed & Confused, “I was done. So I left and moved to London and modelled but was always interested in music.”

There’s much planned for Harlea this summer around the release of Beautiful Mess including further live dates and radio appearances. For more details please visit her website.