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The Key Studio Sessions: Harrowgrove

South Jersey soundscaper C.J. Davis is a master of vibe and mystique. Under the banner Harrowgrove, he caught our ear in 2015 with the warped electronic tones and haunting-but-poppy vocal melodies on HOLY BROKEN FREE SPIRIT. At the time I called him a “captivating mix of Drake and Trent Reznor” — which wasn’t entirely inaccurate, though a bit reductive in retrospect. With the release of this year’s CAPS LOCK, he jettisons the pop leanings of his debut and doubles down on its raw, eviscerating industrial rock.

“I mean, I could make a whole record of Drake-sounding stuff if I wanted to,” he explained while setting up for his Key Studio Session. “But that’s not what I’m interested in doing.” Continue reading →

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Dive head first into Harrowgrove’s haunted world with new album CAPS LOCK

Harrowgrove | via the artist's Bandcamp page
Harrowgrove | via the artist’s Bandcamp page

C.J. Davis’ Harrowgrove project has been steadily dropping music for a few years now, drawing from industrial, alternative R&B, trip hop, and more. It’s taken on many forms since its inception, but with Davis’ guiding hand, each release has maintained the nocturnal, occasionally creepy quality that makes Harrowgrove what it is. His newest full length, CAPS LOCK, is no exception. Continue reading →

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Harrowgrove’s “3AM// The Descent” is an exciting return to form

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About a year ago, New Jersey native C.J. Davis, AKA Harrowgrove, shifted from industrial rock to industrial R&B with 2015’s Holy Broken Free Spirit. He continued that trend earlier this year with The Chandler In The Room EP, and he already has a new album on the way. CAPS LOCK will be out next Groundhog’s Day, but for now, check out its first single, “3AM// The Descent.” Continue reading →

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New vibes from Philly’s Harrowgrove: listen to “What You Wanted”

Harrowgrove
Harrowgrove | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly soundscaper and songwriter Harrowgrove grabbed our attention with his debut record last year – he’s a captivating mix of Drake and Trent Reznor, and he’s kind of restless at that. September’s Holy Broken Free Spirit was followed up by a string of noir-ish music videos, and followed again by an EP called The Chandelier In the Room. And now, main man C.J. Davis returns with a standalone jam called “What You Wanted.”  Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Harrowgrove at Bourbon and Branch, Quiet Life at Boot and Saddle, Deal Casino at MilkBoy

Harrowgrove
Harrowgrove | photo courtesy of the artist

Trip-hop rhyme-master Harrowgrove performs tonight at Bourbon and Branch. He just released a music video for his song “Sugar”, and plans to release the follow-up to Holy Broken Free Spirit next month. Also performing will be Milton and The Means. For tickets and more information, check out the XPN Concert Calender. Continue reading →

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Harrowgrove is against the law in newest music video for “Sugar”

Harrowgrove
Harrowgrove | photo courtesy of the artist

Last time we checked in with Harrowgrove in his video for “All You Need Is Luck”, he stole a car from a gas station that had an unexpected passenger in the trunk. Yesterday, he shared the next video in his series, this time for the song “Sugar.”

The video for the Holy Broken Free Spirit track portrays the MC in a hotel room with a girl, who we can assume is who he found in the trunk of the stolen car. According to Facebook, HG will be releasing his new album next month as well, so stay tuned. Continue reading →

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Harrowgrove is down on his luck in a video for “All You Need Is Luck”

Harrowgrove | photo courtesy of the artist
Harrowgrove | photo courtesy of the artist

Philly electronic R&B artist Harrowgrove just released a new video for the song “All You Need Is Luck” from his most recent record, Holy Broken Free Spirit.

The video portrays Harrowgrove (C.J. Davis) and his journey from waking up in the middle of the woods to stealing a car at a nearby gas station. It creates a mess of confusion which eventually leads Davis down a dark path. Continue reading →

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Harrowgrove at Bourbon and Branch, Escort at Underground Arts, Shark Tape at Boot & Saddle and more…

 

Harrowgrove | photo courtesy of the artist
Harrowgrove | photo courtesy of the artist

Harrowgrove is the project of alternative R&B artist C.J. Davis and was one of John Vettese’s Top 5 music discoveries of 2015. Originally a guitar-based band, Davis slowly transformed Harrowgrove into music with intense soundscapes and trap influences with his release last September, Holy Broken Free Spirit. Davis will be bringing the music of Harrowgrove to Bourbon and Branch tonight with Starwood, Kim Jong Ill, and Revolution, I Love You. The show is $10 at the door and is 21+. Information can be found here.

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Download The Key Studio Sessions Volume 20 (featuring Palm, Sammus, Sorority Noise, Slaughter Beach, Dog and more)

The Key Studio Sessions Volume 20 | cover photo by Rachel Del Sordo

Just in time for your Labor Day weekend rotation, we present you with 16 standout artists from all corners of the Philadelphia music community, performing live at WXPN Studios and recorded for The Key Studio Sessions.

In this, the 20th edition of our regular scene-surveying compilations, we hear veterans — the breezy psychedelic pop of Circadian Rhythms, the pensive and Pink Floydian neuroses of Queen Jesus — and we meet relative newcomers — like atmospheric emo four-piece Small Circle and driving riff rockers Honeytiger. As always, there’s stylistic variety: rapper Ivy Sole lowkey rocks the mic and experimental instrumentalists Palm get weird with interlocking licks and askew rhythms; Katie Frank brings some heartland-y country torch and twang and Ellen Siberian Tiger dials up the studied musical theatrics.

We teamed up with the folks at Folkadelphia to co-present sessions with SΔMMUS and Harmony Woods, captured a beautiful solo electric performance by Sorority Noise‘s Cameron Boucher, mellowed out to windswept Bossa Nova-flavored jazz by Ensemble Novo, and cheered Jake Ewald on as Slaughter Beach, Dog jammed on “104 Degrees” for a roaring six minutes. And, as always, there’s more still, in great performances from basement show staples coping skills and ominous electronic soundscaper Harrowgrove. Continue reading →

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Send off the summer with Voss and friends at Pub Webb

Voss | photo courtesy of the artist
Voss | photo courtesy of the artist

Between his run of mixtapes over the past few years and his writing for The Key, it’s pretty clear: Voss knows hip-hop. So it’s cool to see the Philly wordsmith curating an interdisciplinary showcase up Temple way to close out the summer on Saturday, September 16th.

Joining Voss onstage at Pub Webb is Malakai (formerly of Ground Up), Jo Rivers, BooB Mile$, with sounds in the mix from DJ Dommis, DJ Andrew Kent, and DJ Hoove and visual art care of Told By Soul and Reji B. Photo, the latter of whom often pairs up with Voss on his concert reviews.
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