While playing with his other band, What Moon Things, Brooklyn-based artist Jake Harms began to start to feel an itch to make something wholly his own. It didn’t start as a record – just a group of songs that seemed to make sense out of a fog of journal entries and scraps and demos and half finished ideas throughout the years.
Working as HARMS, the inspiration for his forthcoming, debut EP, Aquarium, came from a poem he had previously written about the feeling of living in New York City for the first time as an adult:
walking around is like
being at the aquarium
observing 6 tons
per square meter
of pressure on the glass
and everything else
The resulting EP finds Harms crafting pressurized dark rock fusing the goth grandeur of The Cure with the lonely indie pop of Porches.
“Walking around the streets of the city felt like being at an aquarium,” shares Harms. “The pressure from millions of thoughts and bodies pushing against glass that just barely separates you from them. The sound and feeling are shaped by riding the subways in Brooklyn, hearing sirens, scrapes, voices filter in to the space in my arrangements, the space in my headphones.”
Aquarium is out now and is the eleventh release from Good Eye Records.