'Artifice'

There's something in the waters round Bristol way.

An emphatically creative city, it tends to lean towards the more thoughtful, soulful, and adventurous end of the bass spectrum.

Take Harvey Causon. The songwriter's work is worth comparing to Jordan Rakei, with its dexterous jazz-leaning elements shrouded in electronics.

There's a supple sense of R&B, too, something refined during live shows supporting the likes of Maribou State and Loyle Carner.

New single 'Artifice' is the start of a new chapter, with the Bristol artist currently working on a larger, more in-depth project.

With its languid feel 'Artifice' recalls those opening two Portishead records, while the interaction between vocals and digital production points towards Moderat or even Radiohead.

A highly personal song, the new single is rooted in the aftermath of a break up. Harvey explains...

“‘Artifice’ depicts the short-term feelings of ‘eudaemonia’ that come from feeding temptations after breaking away from a strong relationship. As it unravels however it highlights the sense of unease, regret and subconscious gameplay that comes with previously being so attached to someone.”

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