Dhani Harrison is trying to live in the moment.
“I’m all about trying to reduce my level of ADD,” Harrison recently said to me by phone.
That’s easier said than done. On Tuesday, the technopathic Harrison‘s collective thenewno2 released a self-titled EP (streaming at left) on his own label HOT Records Ltd. The band also has a full-length album, due in February, that sonically explores the internet age’s manic fear of missing out.
Harrison’s also weighed down by his participation in, and subsequent promotion of, Martin Scorsese’s poignant four-hour documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World, arriving Oct. 5 and 6 in two parts on HBO, and his mother Olivia Harrison’s companion photo book of the same name also released Tuesday, both of which mark the 10-year anniversary of the late, great Beatle‘s passing.
If that wasn’t enough, Harrison’s also been hard at work on a 360-degree photographic iPad and iPhone app mapping his father’s massive guitar collection to each axe’s history for Harrison and Beatles geeks and scholars.
It’s no wonder Harrison’s attention is divided, but these pursuits do not look like the work of a mind-wiped distraction drone looking for some headspace. Rather, they paint the talented Harrison as a man with a revolving band — which is inspired by Patrick McGoohan’s timeless spy-fi The Prisoner — who seems quite nicely in tune with his light-speed time.