Harper Simon has been knocking about in the music scene for a few years now, performing with his friend Sean Lennon, popping up now and again on compilation albums, collaborating with his step mom (on The Heavy Circles) and touring with his very famous dad. And they would be Edie Brickell and of course, Paul Simon.
Here we have his self titled debut album which has take him 37 years to realise, and there is no mistaking his fathers influence. Delicate finger style guitar, coupled with sensitive lyrics and attention to detail, have resulted in a wholly satisfying, albeit short (half an hour or so) package. As Alison Krauss once said, this album is all killer and no filler. There is not a weak track from beginning to end. Each melody is executed with a relaxed precision that seems to go well with his almost horizontal laid back persona. The production is bolstered by several legends of the music industry, and I suspect Harper has taken full advantage of his pa's legendary status to surround himself with the very best (wouldn't you?). It clearly shows. Highlights for me are The Shine co-written with his former step mom, Carrie Fisher (this is getting complicated), and the simply gorgeous Berkley Girl which will invoke memories of Simon & Garfunkel in its poise and simplicity.
This is a lovely, lovely album, which has had heavy rotation in my CD player since its release in the US in 2009. It is a solid buy, although I believe his best is still to come. Watch this space!