Nashville indie duo The Harmaleighs share ‘Don’t Panic’ video
Announce new album She Won’t Make Sense, out 2nd August
The Harmaleighs (Haley Grant and Kaylee Jasperson) share the official video for their latest track ‘Don’t Panic‘ from upcoming album She Won’t Make Sense (out 2nd August on Nettwerk), a concept album about mental illness, specifically Haley’s deeply personal journey through anxiety, depression and mania. It’s the follow up track to the album’s frenetically catchy lead single, ‘Sorry, I’m Busy‘, which dealt with Haley’s crippling social anxiety.
‘Don’t Panic’ slows things down a notch with calming dreamlike synths, while the subject matter deals with feelings of incessant worry, isolation and hesitation.
Haley says of the song, “I was in a constant state of worry. My relationship was falling apart, my friend group was changing, my career path was unclear, and my mind was fucked. It felt like every aspect of my life was in complete and utter turmoil. ‘Don’t Panic’ was written in my bathroom at 3:30am about trying to calm myself down but being fearful that panic was actually fuelling my creativity. It made me question whether or not I should be seeking help or letting this type of fear run its course because it was allowing me to write these songs that I am so proud of. The last line of the chorus, ‘but what if that’s all I’m good at’ comes from me being scared I’ll be unable to write if I am mentally stable…”
Produced by Dan Molad (Lucius, Tweedy, Here We Go Magic), She Won’t Make Sense is a stark contrast from The Harmaleighs’ previous releases, having evolved from their acoustic beginnings to a fuller sound involving synths, strings and drums. The album covers the full spectrum of sound, from heavier indie-rock tunes to somber folk, to create the frenetic energy needed to convey the emotional weight of the album’s subject matter.
Comprising of Haley Grant (lead vocals, guitar) and Kaylee Jasperson (bass, harmonies), The Harmaleighs embarked on something of a modern odyssey since forming back in 2015. Getting rid of their Nashville apartment, putting everything they owned in a storage unit, buying a van, and hitting the road with their then 8-month-old Pug named Gus, the personal trials, tribulations, and triumphs over the last few years would ultimately inspire their latest music.