Harve’s tracks are at once majestically soulful and intricately tender, imbued with dusky delicacy and tender magic. To mark the release of their highly-anticipated debut EP Held By The Moon, we caught up with Harve to talk loveofhuns, pasta and David Bowie.

Across the five tracks, Harve’s silky vocals float like a summery evening breeze amidst shimmering instrumentation and rich, warm melodies. There’s an aching emotivity at the core of Held By The Moon as Harve explores their queer identity, muses on relationships and loneliness within their poignant songwriting. This deeply personal expression that Harve pours into the release is tangible also in the carefully considered rhythms and harmonic detail as nostalgic R&B and intricate, sparse electronica intertwine with graceful nuance.

Speaking about the release, Harve details, “Held By The Moon is music for you to listen to at night. I wrote most of the lyrics on bus journeys, staring out the window at all the lights, feeling so far away, but so connected to everyone. These are my honest moments wrapped up in blankets of sound. These are my stories, my relationships, my queerness, my fears, and my loves. These are the words I couldn’t say out loud.” And this honesty and vulnerability make Held By The Moon a strikingly powerful debut. 

Get to know Harve In Short…

Three words to describe my music…
tender, intimate, nighttime

Last photo on your phone…
My friend just sent me a meme…

Favourite instagram account…
This was a tough one; I was weighing up between something quite deep and emotive, but really, I think it’s got to be @loveofhuns – it contains all the comic relief you need right now.

The best venue I’ve played…
I supported Art School Girlfriend in St Pancras Old Church which was beautiful. They lit it up blue for me which was very special.

Earliest song you remember…
‘Changes’ by David Bowie. My mum used to play it in the car all the time; me and my sisters used to rewind that piano riff at the beginning over and over again.

The worst job I’ve ever had…
I’ve worked in hospitality for 10 years, so there’s a whole host to choose from, but I think it was this cafe when I first moved to London. It was understaffed, I was underpaid, and the Sunday brunch crowd were a nightmare.

The thing I most love to cook is…
I’m personally not sure there is anything better than cooking up a plate of real good pasta for yourself, heavy on the garlic.

My Favourite word…
‘Cute’, its just perfect in nearly every occasion.

A book I love… 
I mean, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy literally tripped me out in the best way. I would highly recommend for some much needed escapism right now.

Things that cheer me up…
The sea, London in the summer, coffee, my siblings, a good playlist, queers living their best life.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
There’s a sick beachside stage in Primavera Sound in Barcelona; I saw Junglepussy there and just thought it would be such a wicked place to perform.

I think you should listen to…
Dijon just put out a new project called ‘How Do You Feel About Getting Married?’ which I just have on replay at the moment. Also, I just discovered this artist called Freddie, they have put out an EP called Melanin Monroe, definitely check that out.

If I could see anyone play live it would be…
I’m mad at myself that I haven’t made this happen yet, but I think it would have to be Bon Iver.

Held By The Moon is out now.

Photo credit: Tami Aftab