10 Easter Eggs Harry Styles Hid in "Harry's House"
Harry Styles's latest record, "Harry's House," may be his most vulnerable album to date. In an April 26 interview with Better Homes & Gardens, Styles explained that his intention was to create a body of work that he and his friends and family could truly be proud of, and instead of worrying about making "really big songs," his main goal during the recording process was just to have fun. Because of this, Styles told Apple Music in a May 16 interview that his "favorite thing" about "Harry's House" is that the album "just feels the most me."
One of the things that makes the album so special is that it features so many clever Easter eggs. Some of them reference Styles's past songs and relationships, while others include hidden details in the actual song itself that are easy to miss if you're not looking for them. Scroll through the slideshow to see the biggest Easter eggs on "Harry's House."
"Harry's House"'s Album Title Inspiration
While speaking to Zane Lowe for Apple Music, Styles revealed that while he was living in Japan, he would listen to Haruomi Hosono's 1973 album "Hosono House," and the album ended up inspiring the title of "Harry's House."
"Music For a Sushi Restaurant" Has an Interesting Backstory
Styles opened up about "Harry's House" in a May 20 interview with NPR. During the chat, he revealed that "Music For a Sushi Restaurant" was inspired by a night out in LA with his producer at an actual sushi restaurant. "One of our songs came on from the last album, and I kind of said, 'This is really strange music for a sushi restaurant,' and then I was like, 'Oh, that would be a really fun title,' so as the song started being made, [it stuck]," he explained.
"Late Night Talking" Includes a Nod to Olivia Wilde
Styles and his girlfriend, Olivia Wilde, have reportedly been dating since January 2021. Since the singer is known for referencing his relationships in his music (like that time he included Camille Rowe's voice on his song "Cherry"), we knew there had to be a few nods toward Wilde in his latest album.
Interestingly enough, during the first verse of "Late Night Talking," Styles sings, "You stub your toe or break your camera, I'd do everything I can to help you through." Since he met Wilde on the set of their movie "Don't Worry Darling," which she directed, fans wondered whether Styles could have written the lyric with her in mind. Considering this isn't the only nod he seemed to make toward the director on "Harry's House" (more on that later), we'd say the theory is definitely convincing.
"As It Was" Also Seems to Reference Olivia Wilde
Styles seemingly references Wilde again in "As It Was" with the line, "I don't wanna talk about the way that it was; leave America, two kids follow her, I don't wanna talk about who's doin' it first." Wilde lives in America and shares two children with her ex-fiancé, Jason Sudeikis, so it's not surprising that some made the connection.
"Daylight" Mirrors a Famous One Direction Lyric
Prepare to sob, because a fan on Twitter pointed out that the line, "If I was a bluebird, I would fly to you," from "Daylight" sounds a lot like the lyric, "If I could fly, I'd be coming right back home to you," from One Direction's 2015 track "If I Could Fly." The song was featured on their fifth studio album, "Made in the A.M.," which was the group's final album before they went on an indefinite hiatus in January 2016.
According to SonomaBirding.com, bluebirds are a symbol of hope and love, making the lyric that much more meaningful.
"Matilda" Was Partially Inspired by Roald Dahl's "Matilda"
When Styles unveiled his album's tracklist on April 28, fans couldn't stop theorizing about the song "Matilda." They wondered whether it had any connection to the 1988 children's novel of the same name by Roald Dahl.
Styles finally addressed the speculation in his May 20 interview with NPR. He said the song actually has a double meaning, and while it was inspired by a personal experience, the track could also be interpreted to be about Dahl's "Matilda."
"It was kind of like okay, we'll disguise it as speaking to Matilda now that she's all grown up, who's been mistreated by her family, how would you speak to her?" Styles explained, adding that the song could be about moving on from a traumatic experience. "I think people have so much guilt with things that they don't necessarily need to have guilt with. It's your right to protect the space around you and be protective of yourself and look after yourself."
"Cinema" Has Olivia Wilde Written All Over It
"Cinema" may be about Styles's love for Wilde. First of all, during the chorus, he sings, "I just think you're cool, I dig your cinema," which could be interpreted as the singer complimenting his girlfriend's directorial work. Second, it might just be a coincidence, but it's interesting that Styles uses the word "darling" in the song. Could it be a reference to "Don't Worry Darling"? Fans certainly think so!
Styles praised Wilde in a May 18 interview on "The Howard Stern Show," telling Stern (via Page Six), "I had a wonderful experience being directed by Olivia."
The Reversed Intro in "Boyfriends"
Wondering what that gibberish is at the beginning of "Boyfriends"? The final line in the song is "Feel a fool, you're back at it again." You may have missed it, but the lyric is said during the intro, too, but in reverse. According to fans, the cycle could represent how someone may keep going back to their significant other despite knowing it's not the right decision, hence the lyric, "Feel a fool, you're back at it again."
The "Hotel" Lyric in "Love of My Life"
During the first verse of "Love of My Life," Styles mentions that he checked into a hotel using someone else's name. This might be true considering Styles once told BBC Radio in 2013 that he used the name "Mick Green" while checking into a hotel in order to maintain some privacy. According to The Sunday Times, Styles once used the pseudonym Harry Spring in order to make a reservation at a restaurant.
The Reversed Outro in "Love of My Life"
If the "Love of My Life" outro sounds familiar to you, it's because Styles gave us a preview of it two months before he released "Harry's House." That's right: a snippet of the song was in front of us all along, and we had no idea until now. Genius, right?
Styles announced "Harry's House" by releasing an album trailer on YouTube on March 23. During the video, you could hear the sounds of a piano, and as it turns out, that was the outro to "Love of My Life" but in reverse. "Do you realize the first-ever sound of HS3 we have heard was the last notes of the album?" one fan pointed out on Twitter.
There are so many Easter eggs hidden throughout "Harry's House," and something tells me we've only just scratched the surface.