Heart Games

Album: released as a single (2021)
Play Video


  • HARLOR is the duo of vocalist Nick Gerard and producer Max Anthony. They met at University of Dayton and signed a production deal with the Katalyst team. In this moody track, Nick Gerard sings about being in a conflicted relationship. "I wanted to express the idea of being on someone's leash, but not necessarily hating it," he explained. "I wanted to express the idea that I'd rather take the chance of you hurting me than not being with you at all. I think that story is lived and relived throughout our lives and is one a lot of people can connect with. The title 'Heart Games' is a parallel to someone playing mind games, but in this instance you know what's going on."
  • Max Anthony told Songfacts how this track came together: "The production was one of those things that kind of produced itself. We had added the guitar first and everything else fell into place. Nick's vocal progressed very well throughout the song, and I wanted to make sure the production did the same. It starts off very simple and continues to add more elements as time goes on. We tried to keep a lot of organic elements in this song (strings, toms, guitars, etc.) to almost stay true to ourselves. 'Heart Games' was a fun process and I hope it becomes apparent to the listener."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Second Wind Songs

Second Wind SongsSong Writing

Some songs get a second life when they find a new audience through a movie, commercial, TV show, or even the Internet.

Subversive Songs Used To Sell

Subversive Songs Used To SellSong Writing

Songs about drugs, revolution and greed that have been used in commercials for sneakers, jeans, fast food, cruises and cars.

Bands Named After Real People (Who Aren't In The Band)

Bands Named After Real People (Who Aren't In The Band)Song Writing

How a gym teacher, a janitor, and a junkie became part of some very famous band names.

Producer Ron Nevison

Producer Ron NevisonSong Writing

Ron Nevison explains in very clear terms the Quadrophenia concept and how Heart staged their resurgence after being dropped by their record company.

Taylor Dayne

Taylor DayneSongwriter Interviews

Taylor talks about "The Machine" - the hits, the videos and Clive Davis.

David Paich of Toto

David Paich of TotoSongwriter Interviews

Toto's keyboard player explains the true meaning of "Africa" and talks about working on the Thriller album.