Tender Trap EP

by Heart Harbor

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Though writer and vocalist Kerry Hallett's acoustic sensibilities create the backbone of the EP, Tender Trap punches in with catchy pop hooks and unfurls in sometimes dreamy, electronic layers. Intimate and succinct, with earnest vocals that remind of Aimee Mann and catchy lyrics in the vein of Ingrid Michaelson, Hallett invites us to navigate the gauntlet of love (the tender trap) and heartache--armed equally with biting one-liners and simple, sweet assertions.

"It’s not every day that a Facebook post from a nationally-renowned musician points you to an emerging artist from your own city. Last fall, Erin McKeown raved to her fans that she was very excited about the production work she was doing with the band Heart Harbor, who hails from right here in Philadelphia.

We here at The Key immediately checked the band out, and loved what we heard. The project of Kerry Hallett hearkens back to some of the best singer-songwriters in recent memory: Brandi Carlile, Passenger, Tegan and Sara, with a Jenny Lewis-ian sense of arrangement and fearless genre hopping. Recorded with McKeown last summer in Fishtown, the Tender Trap EP boasts immaculate production and infectious tunes; they’ll stick around, and you won’t mind one bit."

--John Vettese, of WXPN's The Key


released April 22, 2016

All songs written by Heart Harbor
Produced by Erin McKeown
Photos by Jessica Kourkounis



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Heart Harbor Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Heart Harbor is the full band incarnation of Philly-based writer, singer, and soundsmith Kerry Hallett. Tender Trap is her first EP, with songs that unfurl in dreamy layers and punch in catchy pop hooks. Tender Trap is produced by Erin McKeown and due out early next year. ... more

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Track Name: Always, Honey
Always, Honey

Just like honey forming from the bees

as they’re returning to the honeycomb, honeycomb

So this feeling settles into tiny holes

inside my skin on my way home, on my way home

Whenever there is honey in the corner of your eyes

Won’t you give me some, give me some

I’ll mix it with the softly spilling sounds of your sighs

On the tip of my tongue, tip of my tongue

And you sweep me off my feet

Won’t you please stay so sweet on me


I’ll try my best to understand that empty feeling

in your hand that everyone know, everyone knows

and I will sit or take a stand, i’ll be your lady

and your man wherever we go, wherever we go

And you sweep me off my feet

Won’t you please stay so sweet on me

Yeah, you sweep me off my feet

Won’t you please stay so sweet on me

Track Name: Hating Nothing
Hating Nothing

I found the perfect place for you

Out of my head, I’ve got no space for you

waiting for something you can’t entertain

and hating something you just can’t explain

while I’m hating nothing

I found the perfect name for you

‘cause I’m just another game to you

you started something that nobody can play

you’re saving something that’s long gone away

while I’m saving nothing

so now you’ve had your fun

you can hook another one

‘cause you know I was too young

I wrote the perfect song for you

It feels good to be so wrong for you

You’re waiting for someone to make you okay

and hating someone who just couldn’t stay

while I’m hating nothing
Track Name: Kismet

We’re tracing our circles in the sand

Lost time no matter what the circumstance demands

And I’ve seen this land, I’ve seen this land

I’ve seen this land, this broken land

So I took the car to clear my head

I’m stalling in the murky pond of us instead

And I hope you know, I’m going down

But how would you know?- you’re not around

Drive until I can’t remember how it felt

Drive until I can’t remember how we fight-
What would it take to make you chase me just one time

The sun will creep into my room

To light the growing distance between me and you

Our separate lines are redefined

And you’re unmoved, like every time

Try until i can’t remember how it felt

Try until i can’t remember what you said-
You said I wish that we could start over again

We met somewhere before this rain

And I’ve been told some souls are meant to try again

So if this ends, it never ends

Yes, if this ends, it never....

Cry until i can’t remember where it went

Cry until I can’t, and I’ll pretend you said-
It’s not the first time that we ever* fell in love,

It’s not the last time that we ever fall in love
Track Name: The Question
The Question

Nothing’s the same

When you’re calling her name

You know she was here – the question is where

Has she gone?

Your nightmares and cries

Are wasting your eyes

You know it’s her time- the question is why

Has she gone?


And you’ll know her again

But more beautiful then

You know it will end – the question is when

The question is when


The question is when

The question is when

The question is when

Ohh Ohhh.....
Track Name: Melissa

I dream of lightning

I dream of fighting for your honor

I dream of dying

I dream that I am a goner

But nothing wakes me like you, Melissa

I dream of flying

I dream of trying to escape the sinking sand

I wake up crying

I wake up searching for your hands

‘Cause no one holds me like you, Melissa

I dream of flowers

I dream of turning to dust

I dream of towers

I dream of climbing to us

‘Cause no one loves me like you, Melissa

No one loves me like you, Melissa