Something In The Water

by Harvey Sutherland

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In a world of widening extremes, plastic fills the oceans, an insect apocalypse threatens the delicate balance of natural ecosystems and a million dead fish rise from the depths of the Murray-Darling Basin. Dread and hopelessness come naturally in the face of these overwhelming crises, but optimism still manages to persist.

Harvey Sutherland’s rolling samba keeps a relentless pace, punctuated with a loping gospel mantra – they say there’s something in the water – delivered by Jace XL, whose past credits include live and studio recordings with Hiatus Kaiyote; backing vocals for Sampa the Great; and ‘Sacrifice’, a 2016 EP with Silent Jay released on Rhythm Section International.

Accompanying the vocal single is an extended club instrumental and Harvey's Underwater Dub, which strips the track back to its raw elements for a late-night excursion into the depths.

SOMETHING IN THE WATER is the first single from Harvey Sutherland’s new studio band, which comprises long-time drummer Graeme Pogson, percussionist Phil Binotto and bassist Luke Hodgson. It was recorded and produced at Harvey Sutherland’s velour-lined recording studio that might just come in handy as a survival bunker when the approaching apocalypse hits Melbourne’s inner-northern suburbs.


released March 29, 2019

Vocals: Jace XL
Drums: Graeme Pogson
Bass: Luke Hodgson
Congas: Phil Binotto
Keyboards: Harvey Sutherland

Written, recorded, produced and arranged by Harvey Sutherland.
Lyrics by Harvey Sutherland and Jace XL.

Mixed by Haima Marriott
Mastered by Wouter Brandenburg
Illustration and design by Nicko Phillips

A Clarity Recordings release.
Distribution through Republic of Music and Caroline Australia

Harvey Sutherland works and lives on country belonging to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. Respect is paid to First People and their elders past, present and emerging. Sovereignty has never been ceded.


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