Harry Merry – Australian Sun [Meeuw Muzak, 7″inch, 2012]

 harry mery australian sun

Rating: 8/10

What about Harry Merry? Harry Den Hartog is a talented singer and songwriter from Rotterdam in the Netherlands where music drew his attention from a young age. At the age of eight he got his first piano lessons and in the 90s he started to compose his own music using several keyboards like Casio wk3500 and Roland E-86. Until now Harry Merry has released a small number of works but he still be a quite notable figure because of his flamboyant and glamorous self-fashioning. His music is quite pleasant, flashy and a little bit crazy, with his tracks having an absolute mastership of the pop formula.

In this 7 inch Harry Merry is presenting us something really special.  The Australian Sun, imprinted by  Meeuw Muzak,  was produced for a highly decorated Belgian barrel organ called De Pansfluiter (watch video above) that is located in Gouda in the Netherlands. The roller organ, that its Operation is technically similar with a pipe one, is producing sounds by an analog score that is manufactured to wooden cylinders using metal pins and staples. Geniusly, Harry Merry used that traditional way of producing sounds for his “Australian Sun” composition, exploiting the new tune opportunities of the organ and adjusting them to his unique style of music. Musically the experiment seems to be succeeded, as this track is one of his best ones. Of course, his influences still be the seventies glam rock and Rock’N’Roll but the use of the barrel organ revealed a warmer melodic tone and a vintage sense of elegance.



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