HARBOUR CITY ELECTRIC: Harbour City Electric (EP)
By Tony Parker
HCE started life as a rotating roster of Wellington musicians who based themselves in the lounge bar of Sandwiches through ’07/’08. Since then the line-up has settled into the seven-piece band that recorded this five-song EP. As you might expect from a band with such pedigree, HCE lean towards the soul/RnB end of things with tight horns, vintage keyboards and funk rhythms wrapping themselves around Ned Worboys’ smooth vocals. Definitely old school with only a hint of electronica, the band places emphasis on well constructed songs that don’t give in to the temptation for direction-less jams, though closing track Electric Elephant does begin to meander towards its end. With the retro sound of the Rhodes piano, silky smooth horn lines and some very funky rhythms the band captures that ’70s soul and RnB vibe extremely well and this EP compliments their live reputation by capturing the authenticity of their sound.