Welcome to the home of Toronto singer-songwriter and author, Kyp Harness
“Harness has amassed a songbook that should rightfully be hailed as a national treasure” – Exclaim Magazine
“A great writer” – Daniel Lanois
Artist Bob Wiseman blogs on Kyp’s song Chemical Valley :”Kyp has written an inspiring canon of songs that cover the heart and the heart attack”
British commenter Mojo Jefferson appreciates Kyp’s 2011 album ‘Resurrection Gold’
Start Anew – from ‘The Wrong Way’
“Wickedly funny, a little spooky, and captivating straight through,” says CBC’s Bob Mersereau in his review. “Kyp Harness is the kind of guy you want to follow down the street writing down everything he says, in case he drops a great line he won’t be using. Words and ideas seem to swirl from him, almost fully formed straight from mind to disc. I’m sure there’s some editing and lots of thought put into it, but there’s a stream-of-conscious feel to his performance, a sense of immediacy and adventure, and you get the feeling he doesn’t quite know where its going but something’s going to happen. You like fine writing? Kyp’s your guy. . . I want to quote from every cut here, because I keep discovering lines that make me gasp. Both these albums deserve repeated, frequent spins.”
“He’s as smart and natural a writer as our Nation has to offer. If you have ever swooned to Dylan, Kyp is an artist that can be viewed as a peer, not a disciple. It’s rare to find a singer that sounds timeless, unique and still topical. Kyp manages to do all three, consistently.” – Herohill.
“There will be those that find the lyrical shadows and uncertainties that Kyp raises in his darker songs too much to handle. This is emphasised by an anguished and dejected delivery that adds a powerful feeling of desolation. Nonetheless if you enjoy songs that engage with their subject and find, as I did, that Kyp’s unique vocal style; an acquired taste that’s a touch Cohen-esque, is equally engaging then this ‘double’ is one for you.” – Folkwords (UK)
“By the time this Toronto troubadour has vented his spleen and told his tales, ability to carry a tune could be considered a frill.” – The Coast (Halifax)
The CBC asked Ron Sexsmith for his favourite Kyp Harness songs. Click here to see his choices.
Toronto’s Now Magazine has published an interview with Kyp about the albums – read the interview and hear portions of it here.
To hear songs from the albums click here
Some folks’ fave Kyp album, the double-disc ‘The Floating World’ now on iTunes.
Kyp’s last album Resurrection Gold was chosen as one of the Top Ten of 2011 by Toronto ‘s Now Magazine.
“A Toronto version of a Lucinda Williams or a Nick Cave…he’s a stone genius.” – CBC
“A radar-evading singer-songwriter who packs more fine lines into four minutes than Shakespeare and Ron Sexsmith combined” – Globe and Mail
“One of the best records of the year…from start to finish, the power this records packs is remarkable.” - Herohill.com
“Oddball or genius? You decide…Harness has delivered a uniquely skewed minor masterpiece that allows him to sit proudly with the likes of Robyn Hitchcock.” – Americana UK
Blogger Paul Snooks wrote an appreciation of Kyp – The Outsider of Canadian Music.
Kyp was asked for his advice on singing in the September/October edition of Canadian Musician magazine. Read it here
Kyp wrote a piece on The Magnificent Ambersons, posted on Wellesnet.com
It’s the poetry of Allison Grayhurst!
Click Here to Purchase Resurrection Gold as a Download with full artwork!
Meanwhile, check out Kyp’s extensive catalogue of albums and books. Find lyrics and buy-me links on the various pages found through the navigation bar. Follow the link, too, to Kyp’s cartoon site: Mortimer the Slug.
Thanks for dropping by!