Harley Alexander
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Harley Alexander

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Established on Jan, 2014
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"What's So Good?"

I’d like to introduce you to Harley Alexander, a band formed from various Canadian locations, including Halifax, Ottawa, Montreal, and BC. The act only has one album to their name, titled Universal Love, which was only recently self-released on the February 14, 2014. I think it’s safe to say it’s worth a listen.

Comprised of eight tracks that prove similar to what we might expect from a quirky Mac Demarco release, Harley Alexander, with a DIY mentality, expertly curated the album to fit within what they call a love-rock, dream pop, and experimental fusion.

One groovy, post-punk tune in particular really caught my ear. “Memory Mobile” has such an energy to it, swirling in psychedelic excess. Check it out. - Indie Shuffle

"Review – “Universal Love” – Harley Alexander"

Harley Alexander has always been a bit of a wacky cat. When he was putting out records under the name Sheepman – the most notable being last year’s full-length Cold Feet In The Heat – he would often flit between voices, rhythms, and songwriting styles. For just one example of how far Alexander can spread himself stylistically, see the Chetwynd cassingle: the A-side, a short and goofy semi-salsa trifle; the B-side, “Buffalo Bill”, an epically mournful bummer of a song, with so much space and build that by the time it reaches its crashing finish it sounds absolutely gigantic.

And there’s also the fact that the first ever Sheepman track was called “God is An Alien (And So is Santa)”. So, like…he’s a tough guy to pin down. But throughout all of the Sheepman releases, at the center of them was always Alexander’s dextrous guitar-work and incredibly malleable voice. This is exactly what made Cold Feet In The Heat such a compelling record, and one that’s easy to keep returning to over a year later – the fact that Alexander could sound like three different bands over three songs could feel patchy over a full-length album if it wasn’t for the fact that these particular talents always remained the indelible centre of it.

Universal Love, Alexander’s first record released under his own name, doesn’t necessarily find him abandoning the varied sonic palette of the Sheepman records, but it does feature a stronger focus on tying all those loose threads together. Universal Love is a much more cohesive whole not because Alexander has settled on a single sound, but because he’s found a way to incorporate all the ones he used to play with one at a time into an incredibly colourful but uncrowded whole. It’s somehow both his lightest and most substantial record yet, and it’s also his best.

As always, the focus at the centre of it all is Alexander’s glistening guitar and voice. And what a voice indeed – sometimes it’s a frantic wail, sometimes a tender croon, others a deep moan. Sometimes it takes on this intentionally fake-sounding authoritative bark. On tracks like “Eric Breezy” and “F Da Man”, he’ll effortlessly glide between several or all of these over the course of one song, layering them into truly clever and elaborate arrangements whether they be harmonies, call-and-response sections, or atmospheric cooing in the background.

The album is excellent all over, overflowing with great ideas and oddball humour, but its with the final two songs – probably the finest Alexander’s ever written – that it reaches its peak. The title track, a sunny ode to friendship full of fingersnaps and bongos, features a lovely restrained vocal that reminds you once more that despite the fact that he spends most of the album juggling voices that some might find a little gratingly unnatural, when it comes down to it the dude can sing. And “Borgfest”, steeped in the kind of weird grandeur that permeated some of the best Sheepman songs, is a full-on anthem of positivity, featuring lyrics so absurdly, sweepingly hopeful as “Let’s bring equality to the world tonight” that you might find them hilarious if Alexander didn’t deliver them with such sweetly sincere conviction.

When an artist abandons an old project and launches a new one, it usually would imply some kind of change in direction or intent. So now that Alexander’s abandoned the Sheepman alias, should we expect anything entirely unprecedented from a record bearing his real name? Not really, but also, kind of. The archness and the pop sensibilities are still there, but Universal Love marks and celebrates a tiny rebirth. The album’s pronounced focus on good vibes seems to suggest that something has happened to Alexander in the last year – the kind of event that pushes you to the kind of blissful plateau where the loose fun and sense of constant discovery that the songs of Universal Love are infused with comes so easily. Perhaps he’s fallen in love. Whatever his epiphany may have been, it’s caused him to make one of the most wondrously positive feel-good pop records to come along in a while.

Top Tracks: “Universal Love”, “Borgfest”, “F Da Man”

Rating: Proud Hoot (Really Good) - GrayOwl Point

"new music: love is in the air with Harley Alexander’s “Memory Mobile""

Love stinks. Love hurts. All you need is love. Addicted to love. Love is a Battlefield. Rock and roll has had a storied history with love, but until recent years rock seemed to fall out of love with being in love. However, a few caviler members of the new garage explosion have taken back love with a vengeance. Ty Segall has asked us what’s inside our hearts, the Vivian Girls want us to know that they aren’t like other girls, and Mac DeMarco has let us know that he loves to love pretty much everything from his beau to cheap cigarettes. It is this pro-love stance that Harley Alexander blossoms in.
Harley is a really cool dude, one time he bought garlic fingers for a bunch of us without warning and it was the best night of my life. He used to rock chill vibes with the very cool Sheepman but is just about to release his first big release as good old Harley. I don’t know what I like most about this song, it is just really nice to listen to, putting you in a pretty lovely mood. The dreamy guitars are complimented by swoon-worthy vocals, especially during the outro that is drenched in harmony. If you have a tandem bike ride/picnic in the park/kite flying session/horseback ride on the beach planned for this Valentine’s day, might I suggest that you set it to this loveable track.
"Memory Mobile" is available for download at Harley’s bandcamp and his full release comes out on 2/14.
-CH - Corey Henderson

"[Introducing] Harley Alexander"

Existing in a weird little world of loosely-strung riffs, sticky vocal lines and gooey melodies ‘Harley Alexander’ is Canada’s answer to it’s erstwhile-prodigal-child Mac ‘creeping up to Brooklyn’ DeMarco. Like a Lizard short of a tail the Canuck scene seems to have found itself wanting and slipped into a sunny corner to regrow its missing limb.

On tracks like ‘Eric Breezy’, filleted from his recently released Universal Love Lp, Alexander shows himself to be more than a mere wilted stump, vaguely shaped in the image of everyone’s favourite gap-toothed goon. The Guitar sounds a little Maccish but the vocals, pushed up high into the song’s fuzzy underbelly, hit virgin soil worming their way into a skittish, syrupy tundra of warm melodies and All-Canadian feel good fun. - Shiny Shiny New

"Harley Alexander's "Passin' Through" is laced with smooth grooves"

My favourite new thing out of Halifax, Canada is Harley Alexander. While his sound can most obviously be aligned with the groovy smoothness of fellow Canadian acts Mac Demarco and Homeshake, Alexander differentiates himself with the emphasis of melodic textures and vocal range. It's something else.

"Passin' Through" acts as a follow-up to the release of debut album Universal Love, which was independently released back on Feb 26 of this year. Tracks like "Memory Mobile" and "Scaredey Cats" have kinda stuck with me ever since.

Now with the year 2014 coming to a close, Alexander has proved to continue to keep the psych-post-pop flowing with "Passin' Through". While the tune depicts chillwave dreamy vibes much like his earlier offerings, it manages to take a step forward in the right aesthetic direction by channeling a new sense of sophistication. The sound in turn captures the best of both worlds: Harley Alexander's chops and his easy going, coastal charm. - Bronte Martin - Earmilk


Still working on that hot first release.


Feeling a bit camera shy


Born in Toronto, raised in Ottawa, now living in Halifax, I am a sensitive Canadian-boy trying to live decently in an increasingly psychotic world. I make music that is hopeful, happy, sad, and often silly.

The band consists of myself singing and guitarring, Robert Loveless lead-guitarring, Adam Gravelle bouncin' the bass, and John Lake hittin' the drums. 

Jazzy, experimental, rock, guitar based pop

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