This site is the home of my new project called Harp. The first album is currently being worked on and is sure to take a long time, but if you're interested please sign the mailing list and I'll let you know as soon as it's finished and available. Thanks for the support.
— Tim Smith, formerly of Midlake (Bamnan, Van Occupanther, Courage of Others)
An update from Tim: May 2016
I know it's been awhile since I've given an update on Harp. Sorry for that. It's just that things are about the same for me these days... nothing much new to report. Some people ask me to hurry up, just release something, quit being a perfectionist... that's never enjoyable to read. However, I also get many kind messages that are supportive and understanding. It might take many more years for me to figure things out, I don't know, but I haven't given up. It's sort of a journey for me with much to learn. I want to "feel" something in the music I make. Much has been written, recorded, and thrown away now. The best things stick around though. I am learning and the concept becomes clearer with time. To put your minds at rest, it's not unattainable for me, there are a few things now that I can crank up loudly, pace around the room with excitement that they are getting at the heart of what I've been wanting to say for years. That's what I need in order to release something. I don't know what else to say or do besides to just keep at it. One reason for writing this update is to put to rest any expectations of the album coming out soon... for all I know it could take many more years. So for now, that's where things are at. I still have a strong desire to give more music to those who will enjoy it. And I'm continually thankful for those in which my past work with Midlake has meant so much.
I'm not usually one to do this, but I'll leave you with just the most recent short demo I made. Like most of my demos there are no lyrics yet, just me mumbling. The song is not necessarily indicative of the album as a whole, in fact I'm not sure it will even be on it. The working title is "Chrystals". It was inspired by a photograph taken by a good friend of mine named Wytske van Keulen. Hopefully this will suffice as just a small token of thanks and as a small glimpse into Harp... that it is something I'm still passionate about.
I'll give another update when there's something more to say, but if you don't hear from me for a long time that only means I'm still at it. Thanks for understanding.
Peace and Love,