Tropic Harbour is the musical brainchild of Edmonton-based dream pop artist Mark Berg, who labels the project as a ‘utopian space constructed for peace of mind’; not just invented for the benefit of the listener, Berg’s music also provides a haven from the wintery conditions of his home town. Listen here
2017 saw Berg release the track New Life – one that became a featured track on Hype Machine and earned more than 20,000 plays on Spotify. Coming to the year’s end is his new song Can’t Pretend. Written and produced by Berg and mastered by Luke Pretty of fellow Canadian act Tennyson, the composition is a positive sign of the music to come from Tropic Harbour in 2018.
Lasting for a well-spent three minutes, Can’t Pretend gently floats on a breeze carried by lilting drum machine work and delicate guitar strums and licks coated in reverb. Berg’s rhythmic and laidback vocal delivery goes hand in hand alongside the chilled instrumentation, providing an nostalgic and contemplative soundscape to the song’s introspective lyricism.
On the track Berg states ‘“Can’t Pretend” is a departure into a more downtempo electronic realm. The slow builds and atmosphere of the track play into the lyrical themes of self-discovery. It’s about letting go of a past relationship and finding myself in the process.’
Can’t Pretend is released on 5th January via Noon Pacific, and will be available on Spotify, Apple Music, and other streaming platforms.