Harry Klein – ‘And Then There Was None’: Harry Klein is a Sydney based audio-visual artist whose practice fuses polyphonic dance music with live audio-reactive imagery. After the dissolution of jazztronica duo F00L, he has sought time and space to define his solo sound.
Harry Klein’s 14-track debut album, And Then There Was None, will be released on February 17th, 2023. Throughout the album, listeners will hear influences of indie dance, psychedelic pop, and experimental electronica with hints of glitch.
Through the use of Ableton’s max for live devices, Harry Klein’s performances bring together live vocals with on-the-fly track manipulation and effects that sync and respond to surreal audio-reactive imagery.
Featuring experimental dance production alongside tunes with a melancholic pop flavouring, whether you’re looking to dance or for a moment of introspection, there’s something for you in this full length release.
This album’s overarching objective is to explore uncomfortable questions about relationships, community and social constructs of power.
The focus track for the album, ‘Don’t Look In The Light,’ is a psychedelic dance banger that begins with an energetic rolling beat syncopated with a repeating vocal hook. Within the verses, Harry Klein switches between vocal ranges, creating a feeling of uncertainty and complexity that echoes the sentiment of the lyrics.
“Don’t Look In the Light explores the complex space between romantic partners, a paradox of letting go and holding on.” – Harry Klein
Written over two days in his home studio, Harry then spent months mixing, tweaking and manipulating each element until it felt resolved. The rolling beat and repeating vocal hook were the start of the creation process and over time, the intricate synth sounds and psychedelic effects filled in, finishing with an overdriven guitar solo.
Part of the album’s creation process involved Harry Klein’s partner and close friends who were asked to give honest feedback and thoughts about each of the tracks. “After playing in bands up until now, I suddenly didn’t have anyone to work with, lean on, or boost confidence and morale. Isolation, and self doubt seeped through and impaired the writing process and my overall mental health, so I lent on my community to help me make decisions in the final stages of completing the album”.
Harry Klein uses music and art as a cathartic and therapeutic vehicle for understanding himself and the world around him. Each of his tracks are diverse, varied, and showcases his strengths as a music artist, serving as a compelling introduction to his musical talents.
Look The Other Way
Cut & Dirty
Running Out of Time
In This Cycle
Don’t Look in the Light
In the Afternoon
Harry Klein is an artist and educator who teaches film production, sound-design, and experimental video art at the Sydney College of Arts. His approach synthesizes narrative film, experimental video production, photography processes, and animation, feeding into his storytelling.
In his personal life, Harry Klein is an avid sci-fi fan and a vegetarian who is working towards a fully plant-based diet with a goal to tread more lightly on the earth.