Darlings (2010​-​2015)

by Hemingway

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8-Ball 04:37
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Don't Stop 03:00
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Hacienda 05:16
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Whispers 05:40
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Melony 03:58
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Cosmo 02:18
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Aruku 04:31
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Darling 07:50

about

To preface this, I've been under the misguided impression that I should 'kill my darlings' to let go of old ideas and start anew. This album is a way of shedding this mantra and saying, why not? Many of these demos were wilfully abandoned, either from data corruption or incompatible & ancient plugins with untraceable patches. For some of them, only digital remnants remain in email threads, old thumb drives or misnamed Ableton project files tucked away. These were produced in an intensely transitional and creative period of my nascent life in Toronto.. 2015 was the year I recuperated from an AVM (arteriovenous malformation) which ruptured in my right occipital lobe leaving me partially blind. Despite making keyboard playing more challenging, it's opened up other doors in my musical mind.

Each track brings back distinct memories from my twenties; studying advertising in Oakville and surviving off of Whole Foods free samples; touring LA and meeting my long time myspace musical pen pal, Christov; living with Raf Reza in Little Italy and discovering the unforgivingly addictive world of records (shoutouts to June Records) & Bitondos pizza; shlepping it as a busser, a host, a rickshaw runner, and various lowly occupations to make ends meet. These songs reflect all the wonderful music & friendships I've absorbed throughout Toronto's humbly brilliant music scene and my growth as an artist.

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released September 29, 2019

Written, Produced & Mastered by James Harris
Photo by Paolo Ferrari

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Hemingway Toronto, Ontario

Co-owner of Toronto label Cosmic Resonance and keyboardist for a variety of bands over the years, including Tush, The Future Primitive & Roisen, James has kept busy making music of all different kinds. Here you'll find a melting pot of more personal releases, from documentary scores, downtempo ruminations, blog house, dnb and jazz fusion experiments. No musical stone is left unturned. ... more

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