Jarrett Juarez

Corey Harper released his new Overcast EP on Friday, and it's definitely worth a listen.

The singer-songwriter returned to his roots in Portland for inspiration for the six songs, which showcase a new level of emotion and vulnerability, as well as his dynamic vocal abilities, as he examines the strained bonds between loved ones and mourning the loss of friends.

"Sometimes, when you go through a rough spot in life, you need to go back to the beginning to rediscover, or discover for the first time, who you are," says Harper. "The vastness of the landscape in Oregon and overcast days reminded me that no matter the struggles, there is beauty in the journey and there is hope at the end of the day. Just because something is overcast doesn't mean it isn't beautiful or worthwhile in the end."

The new EP includes Harper's song "Fade to Black," which he released last month. He said the song was inspired by brother's battle with drug abuse. "It's about what happens before the storm arrives," he said. "When you're trying to find your direction through the fog."

Hear the full EP below.