New Video: Acclaimed and Rising Soul Artist Curtis Harding Releases a Slow-Burning and Trippy Single

Atlanta-based psychedelic soul artist Curtis Harding broke out Stateside with the release of 2017’s Sam Cohen and Danger Mouse co-produced Face Your Fear. The album amassed over 60 million Spotify steams while receiving praise from NPR, who declared that it was one of the year’s best R&B release, while calling Harding, a “gifted, gospel-bred shooter and deep digger in the Curtis Mayfield/Stevie Wonder crates” Complex who hailed the album as “vintage, classic soul music” with “psychedelic splashes and a touch of garage rock fuzz” and New York Magazine, who raved that “with a scorching voice like his, the funk is eternal.” And with the buzz surrounding him, Harding wound up playing dates with everyone from Jack White to Lenny Kravtiz while playing festival sets at Newport Folk, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and others.

Harding’s sophomore album If Words Were Flowers is slated for a Friday releaser through Anti- Records. Written and recorded over the past two tumultuous years, the album’s material is draws from vintage soul, R&B, hip-hop, garage rock and psychedelia and centered around airtight grooves, punchy horns and Cohen’s adventurous production. “Nina Simone said that it’s an artist’s job to reflect the times,” Harding explains. “I think it’s important to live in the moment. If you do that and you’re honest and vulnerable, you can reach the people that need to be reached.”

“Explore” If Words Were Flowers‘ fifth and latest single is a slow-burning song that’s one-part, trippy psych soul with horns and twinkling keys drenched in reverb and delay and one-part classic, Quiet Storm-like soul serving as a silky and sumptuous bed for Harding’s plaintive falsetto croon. But at its core “Explore” sees its narrator diving headfirst into a sea of new experiences — romantically and sensually — with a new partner.

Harding has also announced a January 2022 tour that includes stops in Atlanta, Athens, GA, a January 21, 2022 stop at Bowery Ballroom, and more. When that tour ends, he’ll embark on a European Union tour throughout February and March. Check out the tour dates below.

1/14 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
1/15 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
1/17 – Washington DC – The Black Cat
1/21 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
1/24 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
1/25 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
1/26 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
1/28 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
1/29 – Seattle, WA – Neumos

2/26 – Madrid, Spain – Cats
2/27 – Barcelona, Spain – Sala Razzmatazz
2/28 – Montpellier, France – Rockstore
3/2 – Bordeaux, France – Rocher de Palmer
3/3 – Nantes, France – La Soufflerie
3/4 – La Rochelle, France – La Sirene
3/6 – Paris, France – La Cigale
3/7 – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique Orangerie
3/8 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
3/9 – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Maassilo
3/10 – Köln, Germany – Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld
3/12 – Hamburg, Germany – Mojo Club
3/13 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Hotel Cecil
3/15 – Berlin, Germany – Metropol Berlin
3/16 – Prague, Czech Republic – JazzDock
3/17 – Munich, Germany – Ampere
3/18 – Vienna, Austria – Club Porgy & Bess
3/20 – Milan, Italy – Biko
3/21 – Zurich, Switzerland – Mascotte
3/22 – Besançon, France – La Rodia
3/24 – London, UK – Electric Brixton
3/25 – Bristol, UK – Thekla
3/26 – Leeds, UK – Brudenell Social Club
3/27 – Glasgow, UK – King Tuts Wah Wah Hut
3/28 – Manchester, UK – Gorilla
3/30 – Dublin, Ireland – Whelan’s