‘Each song is lifted above its solipsistic origins towards something more expansive, as Campbell’s incisive lyrics tenderly glide above Pete Harvey’s swelling orchestral accompaniments, often recalling Robert Kirby’s tastefully haunting string arrangements on Nick Drake’s Five Leaves Left.‘
An exotic background of classical and academic musical training coupled with long periods of irresponsible behaviour in bands has given Mister Harvey a chameleonic capacity to move effortlessly between styles, whilst retaining a distinctive character entirely his own.
His approach as an arranger incorporates the oft overlooked traits of integrity and self-respect, balanced with sensitive consideration of the needs of the commissioner, a comprehensive understanding of the capabilities of instruments, and an eye for the strengths of the performers involved.
Arrangements can vary in scale from solo instruments up to large ensembles. Scores can be produced for third party groups, or performed and recorded by in-house session ensemble, The Pumpkinseeds.