I caught Liverpool four piece HAARM at their debut live show last year for Liverpool Music Week, finding myself slightly amazed that it was their first ever show together. Since then Chris, Jen, Dylan and Olly have played Radio 1’s Big Weekend, as well as support slots for Bloc Party, confirming themselves as serious ones to watch. Their latest release is as perfectly put together as I’ve come to expect from their alt pop sound and instantly found it’s way into my playlists.
Valentine is a perfect example of how to do dual vocals, with Jen and Chris’ sultry voices working flawlessly throughout. Based on a classic unrequited love story, it’s easy to dismiss the emotion of the lyrics amongst the track’s upbeat indie pop sound, but a closer listen proves HAARM’s knack for writing quality lyrics as well as creating a perfectly put together sound. Valentine is proof that the four piece are deserving of their rapidly growing success and are a band you really need to keep your eye on.