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“Fortune Smiles” is an experimental pop song that explores the intertwined and opposing forces of will and luck– confronting the question of whether they might both be leading you to the same place. Processed harp, shifting vocals, and orchestral textures interlock to construct a contrapuntal tornado evocative of Kate Bush, tUnE-yArDs, and Terry Riley. 

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The physical release of "Fortune Smiles" is on a Fruit-Loop-flavored blue fortune cookie packaged in a gem-shaped origami box (handmade by yours truly). Cracking it open reveals a URL where you can discover the audio (here, acutally). Package comes with one origami box containing a fortune cookie (one additional cookie included).

The funds from this purchase will directly support the release of my upcoming album. 

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PRODUCTION NOTES

One of the reasons I decided to record a single was to explore my new Salvi Delta electric harp in the studio. An electric harp's direct signal means you miss some of the beautiful overtones and sympathetic vibrations of the acoustic harp, but you can create character through choosing a cool amp and some pedals, just like you would an electric guitar (the EHX Mel9, a Mellotron emulator was a favorite). After recording all of the other live instruments at 1867 Recording Studio (I listened to Annie Lennox's "Walking on Broken Glass for string ideas), and playing around with the tracks a bit, it still needed that final sparkle. During the last editing session at Doom in Brooklyn, we wanted to enhance the arrangement while staying authentic to the sounds we already recorded. Coincidentally the room had one of the new Mellotrons. After killing an hour playing with its tango rhythm tracks and tiger sounds, we added the final touches to the song with that instrument. The song's many layers came alive in the mix, and what we learned definitely informed the direction of my upcoming album. 

 
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LYRICS

i was born on a hill,
or maybe a bus, 
wherever glitter lands, luck
spotlight hot,
tell us what you want
paint the picture,
describe the inkblot

brightness aggressive
and cruel in its clarity
hallways fluorescent,
the distant the beckoning 

i’m swinging
door, door, door, door,
door after door

fortune smiles
we lean her way to feel this
flash, to smile back
she leans our way to feel this

we live in a deal,
or maybe a ride
every coin lands on a side
binary blades of light
switch black, switch white

rooms made of edges,
no details, no in-between
walls and decisions,
the risk and the charity 

i’m swinging
door, door, door, door,
door after door

fortune smiles
we lean her way to feel this
flash, to smile back
she leans our way to feel this

i’m waiting here for the after
staying for the glow... oh...

it was a joke
trapdoor, tornado
it was a game show
lifeline, split, wishbone
we really like you
but we’re gonna say no...

fortune smiles
we lean her way to feel this
flash, to smile back
she leans our way to feel this

CREDITS

PRODUCTION
Written and Arranged by Audrey Harrer
Engineered, Produced, and Mixed by Chris McLaughlin
Additional Production by Audrey Harrer
Mastered by Joe Laporta

MUSICIANS
Audrey Harrer: Voice, Harp, Mellotron
Jesse Christeson: Cello
Nick Kochel: Bass
Will Ponturo: Drums
Neta Raanan: Tenor Sax
Jessica Gillespie: Bassoon

PHOTOGRAPY
Michael Pessah

SPECIAL THANKS
Michael Pessah, Maureen McNamara, Richard Drechsler, Jeannie Greeley, Angela Harrer

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