Photo Credit: Jussy Gilbert
HARLOE‘s new single “Overthinking” ft. Nile Rodgers is primed for the dancefloor or a roller rink, with slick ’70s basslines and buttery synths. In the song, HARLOE laments the confusing feeling of not knowing where the other person stands, and the emotional unraveling that happens as a result. The song itself came together during a serendipitous session with fellow Roc Nation producer Fred Ball (Jessie Reyez, RAYE, Little Mix) at the iconic Abbey Road Studios in London, where Nile Rodgers was also recording. HARLOE turned the volume all the way up on “Overthinking,” hoping to get Rodgers’ attention and sure enough, he walked in. What transpired after was Rodgers’ addition of a singular funk guitar line and a suggestion to not overthink the lyrics. The chorus was simplified to “Overthinking, over you,” and you’d be hard pressed not to catch yourself crooning along. Unlike many collaborations that are meticulously calculated based on streaming numbers or a desire to chase the charts, “Overthinking” came together from HARLOE’s own persistence, and the result is nothing short of disco magic.
Accompanying the release is a stylized retro-tinged visualizer that captures a fly on the wall perspective of HARLOE during a photoshoot in downtown Los Angeles.
“Overthinking” comes after the release of HARLOE’s collaboration with Chicago rapper Mick Jenkins on “PWR RNGR.” Layered with punchy bass lines and sensual electronics, “PWR RNGR” showcases how dauntless HARLOE can be when it comes to her artistry. Teaming up with Jeff Shum (Camila Cabello, Ella Mai, Demi Lovato) and Keith Askey (Earthgang, Syd), “PWR RNGR” instills a sense of confidence through bold instrumentals and empowering lyricism.
Self-produced and co-written with Jesse Saint John (Charli XCX, Lizzo, Kim Petras), her previous single “Liquid Truth” is a promise to always be honest with a partner. On top of a syncopated bass drum beat and HARLOE’s muscular keytar solo, she drops the saucy lyrics, “I left my panties and my soles out on the floor at your place, and if I got you I don’t need em.”
HARLOE has never been one to shy away from the spotlight. Growing up in Queens, HARLOE was heavily influenced by her first-generation immigrant parents’ records, New York buskers, and the latest hip-hop CDs. Years later, she aspired to be a musician herself and took matters into her own hands by posting singing videos on YouTube. Now based in LA, the self-made recording artist continues to make waves one release at a time.
More About HARLOE:
HARLOE has always charted her own path. Growing up in a Ukrainian and Romanian family, the house was always buzzing with language and culture and it cultivated an irrepressible curiosity in her. Her first-generation immigrant parents loved music, so she started playing piano at a young age. Walking around New York City she was inspired by the rhythms and spontaneity of street musicians playing jazz. In school, it was the lyrical dexterity of hip-hop on CDs shared between friends. Inspired, HARLOE started writing her own songs and posting videos on YouTube, played block parties and school shows, you name it. The next step was college, where HARLOE attended NYU’s Clive Davis Institute. There her interest in production was kindled, but it turned out college wasn’t meant to be. Why wait four years to do the thing you really want to do? HARLOE certainly had no patience for that.
Her lyrical and vocal prowess were immediately recognized by a major label that opened doors for her to pen songs with Ne-Yo, Kerry “Krucial” Keys and more for her debut release. Unfortunately, like it is for many emerging artists at the whim of the label superstructure, her project was shelved and HARLOE was left feeling lost. She moved back home to New York to recalibrate. An invitation by her publishing company to come back to Los Angeles and write songs was an opening and HARLOE took it. Soon after, she started to find her people, and wrote marquee cuts for artists including Charli XCX (“Secret (Shh)”), Sabrina Claudio (“As Long As You’re Asleep”), Celine Dion, and Britney Spears. She earned a Grammy nomination for Ella Mai’s self-titled album of which she co-wrote “Run My Mouth” and Kelly Clarkson’s Meaning of Life, on which she co-wrote and co-produced several songs. HARLOE’s openness to possibilities, no matter how big or small, changed the narrative, and with her new inner strength and confidence, HARLOE was ready to do the damn thing. “It’s not about giving a fuck if I fall, but more about how I’m going to pick myself back up,” she says.
For HARLOE, this new chapter of music and her forthcoming EP is about letting go of expectations and limitations and just having a good time. It’s a reflection of the songwriting community she’s built around her, and her commitment to being 100% herself – a keytar slinging party-starting boss bitch.