With his commanding new album Smoke Fire Hope Desire set to drop this Friday, September 16 via Dew Process/UMA, Harts is cranking the hype and volume up to 11 today with the release of the explosive video for ‘Power’.
Harts’ first official video in years doesn’t disappoint, featuring the flamboyant rock, soul and funk star showcasing his signature stage moves amongst the psychedelic colours and imagery that permeate Smoke Fire Hope Desire. The video was directed by Young Black Youth (who previously directed clips for Gang Of Youths’ ‘Benevolence Riots‘ and Allday’s ‘Right Now‘), who described the clip as, “a celebration of the power of humanity and youth in particular. Juxtaposed with the beauty and power of nature.”
“We wanted to make a performance based clip,” explains Harts mastermind Darren Hart. “The intention interlacing with symbolic imagery of the song’s message and meaning. The director’s concept and execution of this idea was great, which made it a really fun video to shoot. And that jacket was fire hot… Literally.”
Harts has already had a huge 2016, releasing two hit radio singles in ‘Peculiar’ and ‘Power’, as well as touring non-stop – storming the UK and Europe earlier in the year, before returning home for a triumphant set on the hallowed Splendour In The Grass stage in July. He is now poised to unleash his sophomore album, the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut Daydreamer in 2014, and the follow up EP Breakthrough in 2015 – records that caught the attention of some of the biggest names in music, including the late, great icon Prince, who became a mentor to the young Melbourne phenom.
Despite the mammoth sonic scale already exhibited by ‘Peculiar’ and ‘Power’ and set to be revealed across all of the album’s 14 songs, Smoke Fire Hope Desire was remarkably self-recorded in Harts’ home studio in Melbourne – its impressive scope the culmination of what the “one-man music-making machine,” attributes to spending years developing his sound as a performer and a producer. The album is the sound of an artist who has locked his musical identity and his voice into his sights, and as Harts admits has allowed himself to be influenced by, “a lot of what I was seeing in the world around me – very current day issues, mixed with my own thoughts and challenges in my life.”
The result is a record that seems destined to find success on both a local and a global level.
Harts will also be embarking on the huge, national, ‘Power’ headline tour this September/October, playing club shows in Newcastle, Sydney, Geelong, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Ballarat – starting September 16. Tickets are on sale now!
HARTS ‘POWER TOUR’ DATES:
16 – THE CAMBRDIGE HOTEL – NEWCASTLE – GET TIX
17 – OXFORD ART FACTORY – SYDNEY – GET TIX
23 – THE WORKERS CLUB – GEELONG – GET TIX
29 – SOLBAR – SUNSHINE COAST – GET TIX
30 – THE ZOO – BRISBANE – GET TIX
2 – THE CORNER HOTEL – MELBOURNE – GET TIX
7 – UNI BAR – ADELAIDE – GET TIX
8 – KAROVA LOUNGE – BALLARAT – GET TIX
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘POWER’ HERE