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Release Date: Friday 19 November 2021
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If Words Were Flowers is Harding's first new music since 2018 and is a follow up to his critically acclaimed Face Your Fear album. It features songs like "Hopeful", where Harding croons with devotion over a classic soul groove, textured with infectious horn playing, background singers and modern psychedelic flourishes.
Harding fuels his psychedelic sound with the essence of Soul but isn't bound by it. Instead, his songs convey an eclectic blend of genres leaping from the many musical lives he has lived from following his evangelical Gospel-singing mother on tour around the country as a child to rapping in Atlanta, forming a garage band with The Black Lips' Cole Alexander to singing back-up for Cee Lo Green.
Through these experiences he fully embraces life's darkest intricacies and conjures dynamic, addictive melodies.
Written and recorded over the past two tumultuous years, If Words Were Flowers is indeed a vibrant, intoxicating bouquet, one as diverse as it is dazzling. Drawing on vintage soul, R&B, hip-hop, garage rock, and psychedelia, the songs here are raw and gritty, fuelled by airtight grooves, punchy horns, and adventurous production from Harding and frequent collaborator Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby, Benjamin Booker). There's a clear through line on the album from Harding's 2017 breakout, Face Your Fear, but there's obvious evolution as well, a boldness that revels in risk-taking and sonic exploration. The result is a pointed, timely album that feels experimental and classic all at once, a moving, generous collection all about love, resilience, and reconciliation from an artist who values the beauty and the power of human connection above all else.
1. If Words Were Flowers
3. Can't Hide It
4. With You
6. Where Is The Love
7. The One
8. So Low
9. Forever More
10. It's A Wonder
11. I Won't Let You Down