Melbourne’s Harper Bloom has shared an ode to one the city’s most memorable streets, unveiling both the audio and video to new single “Sydney Road” today.
Bloom’s first new single since the release of her Faith, Sex & Skin EP back in June, “Sydney Road” is a bright, summery anthem to the iconic North Melbourne street and the stories those who help turn it into more than just a road, but a welcoming community.
“Sydney Road, walk me home again/The lights are low/We’re drinking underneath the sky/All we needed was a sign,” Bloom sings on the track, as quaint percussion and gentle ukulele fills out the track.
“‘Sydney Road’ was written at a time when I was moving out of Brunswick in Melbourne’s 2020 lockdown and reminiscing on all the amusing experiences I’d had on Sydney Road, making amazing memories with strangers,” she explains.
“The song is based around myself and a neighbour I had at the time. We are both lonely in different ways, and we are from completely different walks of life, but I reached out to her and we formed a unique and unlikely friendship which has become both incredibly valuable and rewarding.”
In addition to the breezy nature of the single, it also comes paired with a video which sees Harper Bloom taking to the titular Sydney Road to film a clip featuring countless landmarks which would be recognisable to its many inhabitants.
“The clip was filmed on Sydney Road on the first day we got out of lockdown, so I wanted it to be an ode to Melbourne reopening!” Bloom explains. “Sydney Road is a melting pot so rich in history and diversity and I wanted that to be celebrated in this clip, coinciding with a story of two lonely strangers that become genuine friends.
“We managed to capture a lot of the quirks of the road and characters that call this road home, including myself. We have people from all walks of life going about their business as well as all the iconic venues and shop fronts coming back to life as the street reopens!”
With “Sydney Road” officially out in the world today, Harper Bloom is also offering up a limited edition run of Sydney Road t-shirts in the lead-up to Aus Music T-Shirt day on November 19th.
Harper Bloom’s “Sydney Road” is out now.