Formed nearly ten years ago in 2014, alt-pop band East Harbor has worked hard to refine the electric, feel-good sound they are known for today. In 2019, they were ready to release their debut single, “Lucid,” generating a buzz before releasing “R.W.I.B.” a couple months later. After dropping more gems like “Highlight of My Week” and “Miss the Old You,” the South Florida natives were in a great position to share their debut EP, The Community, last year. Since then, they have been busy playing shows and performing at venues across the U.S., creating hype from various tastemakers and fans alike. Eager to give these listeners a taste of what they have been working on music-wise, East Harbor are releasing “Away From You” from their upcoming LP.
On “Away From You,” East Harbor address a relationship issue that has been going on for too long. Over vibrant synth and guitar, lead vocalist Josh Dobson gives us lyrics that paint the scene of a partner who is disappointed in the other’s behavior. With calm and collected vocals, he sings, “Too many long nights, I’m not looking to save you / I don’t wanna lose sight of myself / I don’t hate you, but it’s about to be sunrise / And I’m not gonna wait for you,” touching on ways the person has him “looking like a fool.” The dreamy 80s melodies and prominent drum beats alleviate some of the hurt, especially when we hear paranoid lines like, “I worry about the things that you’re gonna do / I worry about it, every day something new / I worry about the things that you’re gonna say / When I’m away from you.” You can check it out below.
For those who feel as if they have heard “Away From You” before, you are not going crazy. In May, East Harbor opened their set with it at SunFest in West Palm Beach, FL. It was the perfect way to kick off “the coolest experience of our careers so far,” as mentioned on the band’s social media. If you missed your chance to hear it live, however, fear not. The band will be going on tour on select dates in September in October, bringing their South Florida sound to a few lucky cities. Tickets can be found here.
You can listen to “Away From You” on platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and SoundCloud.