VIDEO PREMIERE: Harriet – Story of Your Life


Harriet’s story is one of female empowerment: from stunning a room of adults into silence with the songbird clarity of her voice and overcoming bullying at school to moving to London to risk everything to make it as a musician on her own terms. Her voice and her passion shines brighter than ever on her new album ‘The Outcome’, which is out now. Its release is accompanied by the release of the official video for her single ‘Story of Your Life’, watch it BELOW.

The album’s first single, ‘Story of Your Life’, has picked up a wave of support online, and on radio, further supported by a performance on BBC Radio London Gaby Roslin’s show this Sunday. It’s an ear-worm dance-pop anthem which finds a piano-pounding sweet spot between Coldplay and ABBA. About the official video, Harriet explains, “This video is how I want everyone to feel when they listen to Story Of Your Life. Happy, uninhibited and free!”

‘The Outcome’ is a sublimely singalong, sweetly melodic, long-in-the-making second album. It’s music in the glorious tradition of the Seventies singer-songwriters that Harriet grew up loving, with her golden voice evoking no less than Karen Carpenter. Harriet meticulously planned numerous sessions in Sweden with handpicked writing collaborators and producers whose credits include everyone from Loreen and Britney Spears to Alicia Keys and Celine Dion.

Harriet says, “I was very young when I made my first record. I put myself in a bit of a box with it and felt quite limited creatively. But this new record, I’ve expressed parts of myself that I didn’t feel perhaps comfortable doing a few years back. There were some emotional writing sessions, quite tearful, because they went to difficult places. ‘The Outcome’ is a bit more vulnerable, but in an empowering way.”

Other tracks on the album include ‘Something Simple’, which showcases Harriet’s bell-clear vocal and she and her collaborators’ knack for bright, light-filled, infectious Scandi-pop. ‘Burn’ is a classic singer-songwriter ballad evocative of another Harriet heroine, Carole King. It’s a duet with writer and singer Nikhil D’Souza, a huge figure in the Indian pop and Bollywood worlds. But arguably, Harriet’s best vocal might be on ‘I Think of You’. It’s the moment when your ears might deceive you into believing that this is a great lost Carpenters song.

‘The Outcome’ is Harriet’s hard-fought, hard-won second album where Harriet has found herself and her voice.

Harriet will take ‘The Outcome’ on a UK headline tour this summer alongside her full live band. Tickets for the dates listed below are available HERE.

1st – Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn
2nd – Birmingham, Symphony Hall
3rd – Cardiff, Acapela Studio
10th – Milton Keynes, The Stables
16th – Liverpool, Philharmonic Hall
17th – Bury, The Met
29th – Pocklington, Arts Centre

16th – London, Arts Theatre

‘The Outcome’ Tracklisting
1. Story of Your Life
2. Something Simple
3. Heartbreak Holiday
4. Nothing Hurts Like You
5. Burn (feat. Nikhil D’Souza)
6. Some Die Young
7. Real
8. I Think Of You
9. Not In Love
10. Look What We’ve Done
11. Drop In The Ocean
12. The Outcome

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Mark Millar is the founder of XS Noize and looks after the daily running of the website as well as conducting interviews for the XS Noize Podcast. Mark's favourite album is Achtung Baby by U2.

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