Album release: The Hunting Room by Her Royal Harness
Release date: 15 July 2013
Listen: on official website
Her Royal Harness, described as a romanticist and cathartic take on synthesized pop, is the conception of Norwegian songwriter Helene Jaeger.
The project came into being soon after Jaeger encountered London producer/instrumentalist Dylan Long in an internet music forum, a meeting which at the time quickly turned into an argument. However, the two gradually sensed that their contrasting approaches would make something distinctive and emotionally potent.
Pushing a variety of influences through their own filter - southern gothic writing, Metroplex techno, Holland-Dozier-Holland, early rock'n'roll, Solid Gold-era Gang of Four, Echo and the Bunnymen, Baroque classical music, an obsession with the late 1980s Eventide H3000 effects unit... the two approach making pop music with no boundaries.
According to Jaeger, The Hunting Room is a record about “someone not quite at home”, chronicling a series of attempts at breaking through restrictions, searching for meaning, trying to get a reaction from an unresponsive environment.
Musically, the album sees a range of expression: pitched down ¾ time techno laments, plucked film score strings played through 90s boom boxes, Mellotron choirs and hip hop bass lines, pummeling rock beats and post punk rhythms all firmly anchored in clear melodic structure and Jaeger’s Quixotic, impassioned delivery.
Part of the rationale behind Her Royal Harness is to channel the deep-reaching expressive potential of pop, says Jaeger. “We see it as perhaps the greatest thing about pop music, its ability to move people, and that’s something we aim for – to make something that emotionally, even physically makes you react.”
The Hunting Room was produced and recorded by Her Royal Harness in their basement project studio in Bergen, Norway and mixed by Justin Gerrish (Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Weezer, Muse) at DNA Studios NYC.
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