Keaton Henson - Kindly Now (2016) [Official Digital Download]

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Keaton Henson - Kindly Now (2016) [Official Digital Download]

Keaton Henson - Kindly Now (2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time - 47:15 minutes | 476 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front cover

Keaton Henson is an English folk rock musician, visual artist and poet from London. "Kindly Now" is his sixth studio album. The album mostly continues Henson’s tradition of heartbreaking, string-soaked pieces for piano and vocal, there are also some interesting production techniques being employed.

After a second album of fragile confessionals in 2013's Birthdays, Keaton Henson released a collection of instrumentals with cellist Ren Ford called Romantic Works. He followed that with a more experimental, partly electronic record that he released under the alias Behaving. Kindly Now picks up where Birthdays left off, with a mix of sparse singer/songwriter fare and lusher chamber pop. "Comfortable Love" even offers a rock-ballad entry with more conventional drums and guitar. The opening "March," however, transitions from his Behaving album, with glitchy edits of vocal tracks, natural sound recordings, guitar, piano, and various members of the orchestra. Later, "Gabe" uses percussive objects, indistinct vocal tracks, and a similar variety of instruments for a more experimental quasi-instrumental. Another surprising track is "Holy Lover," a half a cappella piece with harmonized rounds professing love. Electric guitars and drums eventually join in before falling away again to expose vocals. The majority of the album, however, is a raw – vocally and lyrically – Henson accompanied by piano and occasional strings. One such song, "Old Lovers in Dressing Rooms," recounts a conversation with one that got away. Henson's shaky, eventually disconsolate voice recalls both sides of an interaction that included "We tell stories and we sort of laugh/Then she jokes she wants my autograph" and "Did you love me like the way you wrote?/Well, I'm afraid so." The variety of instrumentation and the rare unorthodox entry provide some balance and relief to what would otherwise be a relentlessly bleak affair. "The Pugilist," while intimate, gathers buzzing noise, woodwinds, strings, guitar, and voices into a whirlwind near the end as Henson promises "I still have art in me yet."


01 - March
02 - Alright
03 - The Pugilist
04 - NW Overture
05 - No Witnesses
06 - Good Lust
07 - Comfortable Love
08 - Old Lovers In Dressing Rooms
09 - Polyhymnia
10 - Gabe
11 - Holy Lover
12 - How Could I Have Known

Analyzed: Keaton Henson / Kindly Now

DR Peak RMS Duration Track
DR7 -0.80 dB -10.85 dB 2:20 01-March
DR8 -0.80 dB -13.75 dB 4:39 02-Alright
DR8 -0.70 dB -12.49 dB 4:09 03-The Pugilist
DR8 -0.70 dB -10.81 dB 0:43 04-NW Overture
DR10 -0.70 dB -14.56 dB 5:22 05-No Witnesses
DR8 -0.70 dB -12.24 dB 5:03 06-Good Lust
DR9 -0.70 dB -12.48 dB 4:25 07-Comfortable Love
DR10 -0.70 dB -14.66 dB 5:06 08-Old Lovers In Dressing Rooms
DR9 -0.70 dB -14.11 dB 3:49 09-Polyhymnia
DR9 -0.70 dB -13.32 dB 2:20 10-Gabe
DR9 -0.70 dB -13.23 dB 3:27 11-Holy Lover
DR10 -0.70 dB -15.86 dB 5:52 12-How Could I Have Known

Number of tracks: 12
Official DR value: DR9

Samplerate: 44100 Hz
Channels: 2
Bits per sample: 24
Bitrate: 1256 kbps
Codec: FLAC

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