With the sound of his white hot guitar still ringing out through venues across the country in the aftermath of his recently-completed, biggest Australian tour to date, Harts has managed to find time to keep the gifts coming for fans with the release today of a brand-new video for his latest single, ‘Hope.’

The clip, which takes inspiration from the song’s uplifting lyrics and title, traces the steamy and intense early stages of a relationship between a young couple, and the confusing and tumultuous episodes they run through as they experience new love – ultimately finishing full of hope.

The track, which finds the ever-adventurous Harts mastermind Darren Hart once again experimenting with his sound, includes elements of classic funk, hip hop, soul and even the fleeting appearance of strings to give the song a huge, theatrical sound. It reinforces Harts’ image as the genre-free spirit that has seen him championed not only locally, but by international artists – most famously the late, great Prince, as well as hip hop icon Questlove.

It’s also a testament to versatility of the sensational album Smoke Fire Hope Desire as a record that never stops giving, with ‘Hope’ becoming the fourth official single to drop from the former triple j Feature Album, following in the footsteps of ‘Peculiar,’ ‘Power,’ and ‘Fear In Me.’

This long list of hits stood out in particular through this recent run of barnstorming stage shows in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, Brisbane, Wollongong, Warrnambool, Newcastle, Torquay and Terrigal, and saw him described by The Music as, “a natural performer, exuding confidence as he commanded the stage and attention of everyone in the room. It's easy to see why he's been compared to a young Prince by so many (even the late artist himself) but, with a colourful Stratocaster guitar in hand — on which he absolutely shreds — and a real ‘60s psychedelic influence, comparisons could also be made to Jimi Hendrix.” 

It also follows on from his recent appearance on SBS Viceland’s The Feed program, which since its release earlier this month has chalked up over 77,000 views, and follows Darren Hart’s fascinating history of emigrating to Australia from India, transitioning from athlete to musician, and almost giving it all up before being tapped on the shoulder by Prince and being pointed in the direction of greatness.