Harry Styles talks about his new album, ‘Harry’s House’ : NPR

Harry Styles talks about his new album, ‘Harry’s House’ : NPR


Harry Styles.

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Harry Styles.

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Harry Styles has been constantly on the move since his teenage years in boy band One Direction – one world tour after another. So the idea of ​​a home is something he has given a lot of thought to. Just think of the title of his new album, out today: Harry’s House.

morning editionLeila Fadel of ‘s spoke to Styles about the concept of home and where he looked for it during and after the lockdown, helping friends heal and the process of separating the pop star from the person, especially when they have been the former for so much of their lives. And she learned, while researching him for the interview, that he was also researching her.

“Leila gave the best opening speech in North East history,” he says.

The following has been edited and condensed. You can listen to this conversation using the audio player at the top of the page.

Leila Fadel, morning edition: This album, Harry’s house, has been recorded all over the world – LA, Tokyo, Maine, London. It’s indicative of the life you lead, the life of a traveler. So what is home to you?

Harry Styles: I think for me, home is just about friends. Although it’s such a personal album, and so much about my own journey to find a home, I also feel like it’s very dedicated to my friends.

I always felt like I landed in a certain place or in a certain house and was like “Oh, this is the house I was looking for”. And I think just like happiness, it’s not necessarily a final resting place and it’s a journey and it’s kind of ups and downs of happiness, of sadness – all those things that make you feel alive.


Harry Styles performs for an episode of Today in New York on May 19, 2022, a day before the release of Styles’ new record, Harry’s house.

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Harry Styles performs for an episode of Today in New York on May 19, 2022, a day before the release of Styles’ new record, Harry’s house.

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The “Matilda” here – is it Roald Dahl’s?

It’s definitely disguised as Roald-Dahl-Matilda, yeah. It was kind of like okay, we’re going to disguise it by talking to Matilda now that she’s grown up, who’s been abused by her family, how would you talk to her?

I think people have so much guilt with things that they don’t necessarily need to feel guilty. It is your right to protect the space around you, to protect yourself and to take care of yourself. I think it was a time where it’s not necessarily up to me to experience someone else on me, but it’s just to reassure them that I was listening.

The single “As It Was” has a really fun energy, but when you listen to the lyrics, there’s nostalgia…there’s sadness. When do you sing?

It’s about metamorphosing, getting lost, finding yourself. Accept the fact that life hits you at different times, not when you expect it. It’s wonderful, but these wonderful things come with a complex emotional journey.[s].

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You talked about trying to figure out how not to be defined by what you do, trying to figure out who you’re separated from.

I think because I started so young, it kind of became like – this is who I am. I don’t know if I stopped long enough to realize what I was if I didn’t. But I think I’m getting to a place where I’m like, ‘This is what I do and I love it, but it’s not necessarily who I am.’ It just feels like a much healthier place to operate and make music.

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