Hailed as “the future of reggae,” Nathan Harrington’s new single, “Hold On Me,” certainly attempts to give credence to this decree. It’s a love song, clothed in Rastafarian stylings, that also succeeds in being radio worthy. Harrington describes the piece as being about the “newness” of falling in love. For his part, Harrington certainly captures the spirit of the subject matter, and does his best to deliver on the hyperbole. He is a promising young songwriter, who stands out amongst the pack.
Nathan Harrington is based out of Los Angeles, CA. Little is known about his early life, and what drew him to Reggae music. He has declared his love of all things, Bob Marley, in previous interviews. He says his journey into music began at 12 years old, which wasn’t all that long ago for him. Interestingly, his youth doesn’t insist upon itself, and he comes across as much more chiseled than you might expect.
“Hold On Me” is as much a Pop song as it is a Reggae song. You could argue it’s something of an Adult Contemporary piece as well. It’s something of a bare bones piece, built around acoustic guitar, some phenomenal drumming and highly effective backing vocals. Harrington has a mid-range voice, that doesn’t do anything extreme on this track, but shows that he is capable of giving a hit single, vocal performance. With such overtly sentimental material, Nathan flirts with polarity, here, but emerges as being genuinely likeable.
In the video for “Hold On Me,” we see Harrington and his love interest, fawning over one another in casual settings. The video works hard to frame the innocence, and fragility of young love. For her part, actress, Casey Clare does a fine job of playing a woman, enamored with Harrington. Harrington, himself, comes off as casual and true to his nature. It’s a simple video, for a simple song, but worth 3 minutes of your time.
The production on “Hold On Me” is superb. Again, it is an undeniably simple concept, that allows for potential overproduction, if one is imprudent. Thankfully, it seems they just plugged in and let Harrington do his thing, and be himself. Everything is glossy and squeaky clean, but in a way that still provides texture and style. I will say it, again, this song is a radio hit, no question.
Nathan Harrington is really just getting started. Still in his early 20’s, Harrington seems remarkably comfortable in his own skin. His music benefits from his genuine character, and the two seem to complement one another, well. “Hold On Me” is a great introduction to Harrington for new fans, and another well-crafted offering for his existing ones. Nathan Harrington’s path is wide open, from here, as long as he keeps a hold on himself.
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