h. eldritch is the intricate and anthemic music of Harry Houseago, existing on the fringes of indie folk, dirty electronica and arena rock.
A London boy with his head in fantastical worlds of his own creation, Harry is an ornate and expressive lyricist, genre-bending producer and disarmingly virtuosic fingerstyle guitarist. Add to this a voice that shapeshifts seamlessly from intimate and ethereal to strikingly powerful and impassioned, and you have h. eldritch.
Harry grew up in the same South London school as Florence Welch, Jessie Ware and The Maccabees’ Felix White. It was there he started to write, perform and develop his distinctive blend of folk, rock and electronic music, earning praise at a young age from the late Malcolm McLaren and percussive guitar royalty John Gomm. He went on to gain an MA in Music from Bath Spa, a stone’s throw away from Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios. His growing reputation in London and Bristol as a phenomenal live performer then resulted in his becoming one of the first UK artists to be endorsed by Australia’s Cole Clark guitars. He won himself the opening slot at the Bath Festival’s 70th Anniversary weekend on the same stage as headliners Paloma Faith and Robert Plant. His first EP as h. eldritch, ‘Trouble Enough Will Find Us’ was co-produced with Tim Morris (Enter Shikari, Freya Ridings, Keane) and mastered by Dick Beetham (Alt-J, Seth Lakeman), and was performed entirely solo by Harry using, guitar, synthesisers, samplers and a partially dissembled drum kit.
As word continued to spread, Harry recruited a phenomenal band of multi-instrumentalists to further realise his idiosyncratic arrangements and was invited by multiple stages to perform at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, where he ended up playing four sets including as the opening act at Strummerville. This coincided with the release of the single ‘Amateur Anthropology’ which was championed as Wonderland Magazine’s ‘New Noise’, and over he last year has gone on to perform at multiple ‘Pub In The Park’ festivals around the UK, sharing stages with Sam Ryder, McFly and The Hoosiers, as well as headlining London gigs at The Bedford, Balham and Signature Brew Taproom in Haggerston.
“Merging meticulously crafted acoustic guitar compositions with inventive electronics and vocals that range from tender falsetto to powerful primal roars, introducing their latest single, “Amateur Anthropology”. Drawing influences from Ben Howard, Foals, and Mumford & Sons, the track combines heartwarming acoustics with understated yet rich electronic components, complemented by their captivating vocals reminiscent of the 90s indie scene.”
The most recent single ‘Innocent Sinner’ is his finest work yet, blending perceptive and playfully mischievous lyricism with ingenious guitar flourishes and an widescreen, cinematic chorus. As a sign of things to come from Harry, expect his 2024 to be extraordinary.
h. eldritch gives you the ghosts and the machines.
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the optimist (live february 2023)
"...Capturing a wonderfully bright and inventive aesthetic that blends folk-rock ideals with a dash of electronic intervention throughout, 'Amateur Anthropology' makes for a wonderfully adventurous listen. With his warm and inviting vocals layered across a sprawling production from start to finish, he is returning to the fold with one of his most captivating cuts to date here..."