At the age of 19, Harrison Brome is the newest force making waves in the darker side of the bedroom pop and R&B scene. Born and raised in the gorgeous gloom of Vancouver, British Columbia, Brome has capsuled the pulse of his city, filtering it out in the form of sensual, sharp and somber songs. Despite his young age, it’s clear that Brome is wise beyond his years, having channeled his upbringing as a homeschooled teenager with a learning disability into a musical prodigy whose original tunes reflect the highs, lows, emotion and energy of youth.
Brome, who writes at a lightning pace and is known to complete songs in just a handful of hours, recognizes the well of his unique youth as a touchstone for his music. “Everything I write is from personal experience, so it definitely helps if I’ve gone through some shit.”
As a teenager, Brome’s life has been a copy of that of most of our own: hanging with his brother and friends, partying, smoking weed, chasing girls and writing music. Having never attended traditional high school, as Brome says, “when you’re a kid and you can’t see your friends until after their school lets out and most of your family is at work until 5pm, what are you gonna do? I’m gonna smoke one and make music. When most kids were focusing on shit that didn't matter to me, I had the time to really craft what I was good at.” It’s a scene most of us know well—except while the content was no doubt familiar, the actual music Brome was writing was clearly on some next level.
He cut one of his first songs, “Fill Your Brains,” at age 15 in a grimy basement studio. “That song, I was in a pretty dark space— it was a moment in time where I witnessed people dealing with their problems through a form of escapism,” he says. “Pools” came a little bit later: “I wrote that when I was 16. It’s about a previous relationship that didn’t last, but our chemistry was hard to forget”
The outside world started to take notice when he reached his mid-teen years. Having overcome severe dyslexia with the help of a karaoke machine his mother gifted him (“There was something about seeing the words in conjunction with the melodies that I was singing that led me to be able to actually read,” he says. “That is where I first began to explore my creativity in music.”,
Raised on the sounds of Motown, Bill Withers, Nina Simone, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, and others, Brome absorbed and learned how people attached themselves to records on a deeper level. His language is in the feeling: “To me it’s all about connecting, and figuring out what I’m trying to say without telling someone, but still getting the satisfaction of having people understand me.”
Spending the last couple of years crafting his self produced debut EP, Fill Your Brains, critics categorize Brome as James Blake-meets-The Weeknd, and have also compared him to crooners like Jai Paul and Mayer Hawthorne. He often samples his own vocals, building a harmony structure from his voice, with melodies and lyrics growing from his instinctive chord progressions. The EP’s familiar tracks “Fill Your Brains,” “Midnight Island,” “Pools,” and “Gambling Hearts” ride alongside newer songs “Sex Calls” and “Boy,” and together as a unit present a complete package highlighting Brome’s multiple talents. Fall in love with his distinct vocal range and dripping croon over the hazy production and tense, tight beats; vibe to the brooding, sexy gloom and tales of late night youth, lust and adventure.