Today, Harkness will release “The Occasion” – a completely enigmatic tune that showcases the talents of what some people call the art-rock Daft Punk of Canada!
Using a pallet of instruments as diverse as tuba and steel drums, all radiating over upbeat grooves – his sound utilizes colorful cascading vocal harmonies, electric guitars and incredible arrangements. Musically speaking he sings, plays guitar, bass, piano and drums and also produces everything himself. He counts Prince and Todd Rundgren, both of whom also worked this way, as major inspirations. Listening to Harkness though, it is more likely that Soft Bulletin era Flaming Lips, Tame Impala and Jellyfish will come to mind.