By Sammy Collier
Trevor Harmon is a remarkable musician. If you weren’t convinced of that when he played lead guitar for Michael Barrow & the Tourists, then it is completely obvious now with his EP Songs for Sleep. Even though he stepped away from the stage, the world can be thankful that Harmon is still making music.
Songs for Sleep may be a misnomer: The overall feeling of the album was peaceful and serene, but it did not make me want to sleep. Instead, it left me wanting more of his h*ckin good guitar riffs. Beautiful is the one word that comes to mind when I think about this album. I have never been more captivated by an instrumental record.
My favorite piece from this album was “Mother.” It reminded me of walking into my childhood home after playing out in the rain. The warmth of my home would melt away any of the cold that I was feeling. The piece left me feeling melancholy and hopeful at the same time, longing to be somewhere I’m not but thankful for the memory I have. That’s the beauty of this album, and instrumental music in general. These pieces helped me meditate and recall positive memories. No one’s experience will be the same, but these pieces will captivate you regardless of where they take you. Harmon called this album “a collection of meditative, calming songs,” and he is exactly right.
This EP was simple and cohesive. It showcased a very specific talent and was beautifully recorded and well executed. However, as an avid follower of his Instagram account, I know that he is capable of broadening his repertoire. I am looking forward to future releases that will show his entire range of talent, but won’t be disappointed at all if we get another record full of gems like these.
Make sure to follow Trevor Harmon on Instagram. You can listen to “Mother” from Songs For Sleep below.