Premiere: Harp Samuels’ “Wanting” and the Fear of Falling in Love

Harp Samuels © 2017
Singer/songwriter Harp Samuels’ tender, hauntingly delicate “Wanting” captures the intensity, euphoria and magnificence of love.

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Love is an epic journey of impenetrable heights, breadth and depth. It is the binding of hearts and souls, the symbiosis whereby two become one. Harp Samuels’ tender, hauntingly delicate “Wanting” captures the intensity, euphoria and magnificence of love.

What is love?
Will you show me?
What’s that touch?
What’s that feeling?
Listen: “Wanting” – Harp Samuels


Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering the music video for “Wanting,” off Harp Samuels’ recently-released debut album of the same name (independently out 9/3/2017). A profound singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Melbourne-born Harp Samuels exudes talent and feeling. His music is soft and subtle, emotive and deep – qualities that are particularly emphasized in the heartfelt “Wanting,” in which Samuels expresses just how terrifying and awesome the idea of falling in love feels.

Wanting - Harp Samuels album art

Wanting – Harp Samuels

I don’t wanna fall
I don’t wanna fall in love until I’m ready
I don’t wanna fall
I don’t wanna fall in love until I’m wanting
Wanting, wanting you
More than freedom, more than space
More than fears I’m yet to face

“The song was written over the span of 3 or 4 years, and was inspired by Jeff Buckley’s ‘Hallelujah,’ how it was just one guitar part and one vocal part,” Samuels shares. “It’s about how scary it is to fall in love, and the many things that have to fall into place for love to happen. It’s also about how loving someone and letting them into your world means letting go of independence and giving them the time and space that you would normally have given something else – i.e., someone who you love enough to sacrifice for. The video was shot over the course of 7 months in Oregon, California, and Australia.”

Harp Samuels © 2017

Harp Samuels © 2017

Inspired by the likes of Damien Rice, Bon Iver, The Civil Wars and John Mayer, as well as soundtrack composers Thomas Newman and John Powell, Harp Samuels dwells in the seconds and embraces emotion. His “Wanting” visual is beautiful and brilliant, a specially nuanced accompaniment that perfectly magnifies the complex feelings that flow through “Wanting.”

Love may be scary and incalculable, but above all else it is special: The most special thing an individual can possibly share with another. Harp Samuels’ “Wanting” drives that point home in a dazzling, poignant display of raw vulnerability. Experience love’s full impact through this stunning piece, exclusively on Atwood Magazine!

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Wanting - Harp Samuels album art

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Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com