From the deep woods of New Jersey comes Harrowgrove, the project and brainchild of C.J. Davis. A meticulous sonic architect, the singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist, Davis has achieved an unprecedented brand of Trip-Hop R&B in the vein of FKA Twigs or Massive Attack.
Harrowgrove spins late-night tales of desire, urges, and sleep, painting portraits of human psychology through vibrant, haunting soundscapes. Harrowgrove’s forthcoming project is a return to form, built entirely from the ground up by Davis himself.
The release of CAPS LOCK marks the return of Harrowgrove, a sophomore effort entirely produced, written & performed by one C.J. Davis. Defined by haunting soundscapes built of skillful arrangements - frantic keys, high-voltage guitar, and trip-hop bass lines - CAPS LOCK is a realization of the Harrowgrove vision, delving into questions of race, faith, belonging, and identity. Each of the 11 tracks boasts a standalone sound of its own which combine to be greater than the sum of its parts. You’ll find Harrowgrove is a new, refreshing, and brutally earnest experience that follows no trends or formulae.
"New Jersey producer / singer / songwriter / guitarist C.J. Davis and his project Harrowgrove popped on my radar this spring ahead of a random gig at The Fire. The track that caught my ear was “.12,” a pulsing rocker with a nervy Nine Inch Nails undercurrent to it, but by the time his LP Holy Broken Free Spirit dropped in September, Davis’ sound had transformed like a dozen times over. In addition to that initial alt-industrial tension, we also notice the sleek charisma of Drake – not talking “Hotline Bling” Drake here, more like the moody Drake of “6 God” and “Know Yourself.” But amid that hard-hittingness, it’s clear Davis has a predilection for sophisticated, forward-thinking pop that puts Harrowgrove squarely in the same neighborhood as The Weeknd, particularly on “Add It Up” and “The City’s Song Pt. 2” – the latter of which might be one of the most beautiful renderings of rock-bottom desperation I’ve heard this year. I guess if Davis ever wanted to pack up Harrowgrove and move to Toronto, he’d totally fit up in The 6, but we’re lucky to have him in our backyard. Now if he’d just play live a little bit more!" - John Vettesse of WXPN: The Key