Harry Jay-Steele is building towards something.
An artist of real depth and feeling, his debut album - long-awaited by fans - is slated to land this Autumn on Naim Records.
New single 'Wish For One Night' leads the way, a beatific, sumptuous piece of musicality.
The video is enormously creative, a salute to the anime films that fired his imagination as a teen.
Working alongside Venezuelan illustrator Jesús David Mora, the video paints a futuristic Japanese city, and focusses on a young man attempting to find his love.
Harry comments: “It was written in a time of personal turmoil. I was reckoning with a deteriorating mental state and questioning whether I was losing my sense of self in the process”.
The storyline contains echoes of Haruki Murakami, and highlights Japan's high rate of youth suicide.
The songwriter adds: “I wanted to convey these same messages but highlight the universality of this experience across the world”.
An enthralling piece of world-building with a riveting narrative, 'Wish For One Night' is a bold success.
Of the visual collaboration, the songwriter adds: “I got in touch with Jesús after seeing a video he made for another London artist I know, Jaz Karis for her song ‘Sugar Don't Be Sweet’. I wrote the script and we worked together on a storyboard for each scene. Clear colour themes were set and we talked about trying to emulate some of the aesthetic of old anime's 80's like Akira and Neo Tokyo”.
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