London up and comer Harri Pick shares the witty, boxy, messy and insatiably likeable new single ‘Broke’. Taking a swipe at the cost of living, the prices of being in London and the general frustration of trying to afford to live in 2023, the track taps into a topic which is affecting music of the UK at the moment.
Mirroring the tracks lyrical content with a grimy post-punk soundscape, Harri manages to perfectly mirror the lyrical content with a fittingly aggravated sounding soundscape of crunching lo-fi beats and punching bass under her tight boxy spoken word vocals. As the track builds into it’s ear worm chorus with and fuzzy guitar lines, Pick moves to more melodic vocal lines, delivering a hook which sticks you well after the first listen.
Speaking about the track, Pick explains: “Broke came about when I went to visit my parents after my birthday. I had just come back from visiting my partner’s family in Scotland and we arrived back in London. We got on the tube and I opened my bank account, which I did in fact, have 74p in. We were going to visit my parents in the South West and I was panicking about money and the fact my partner and I lived in such a ridiculously priced place in London that was the size of a box.
My parents had previously asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I wasn’t sure. I then had a letter for council tax and I decided to ask them for some money rather than a present. My dad was a very sarcastic man and asked how much I wanted, I said I don’t mind because I felt bad asking for money anyway haha. He proceeded to send me £1 and put Money by The Flying Lizards on whilst laughing at sending me £1. He then sent me a bit more after laughing at his joke for long enough. My partner and I then went home and used the Flying Lizards song as inspiration to create the really raw drum sound we liked.
I then had the SLC ringing me because I dropped out of my masters as I couldn’t afford to do the masters whilst also having a full time job 1hr away. I owed SLC 11.5k which is where most of the inspiration came from for the bridge!”