Rising Bristol-based electronic artist Henry Green has announced the release of his debut album, Shift, which is out March 30th via Akira Records. He has also shared his new single “Another Light“.
Speaking about the track, Green said “I had a really vivid image/moment in mind when I wrote “Another Light”. I was sat on a silent beach in the early hours of the morning, slightly hazy from the lack of sleep and I wanted to write about the whirlwind of colours and textures, both in the landscape but also in my mind at that moment. So much change had happened in such a short amount of time and I was just reflecting on it all.”
Listen to “Another Light” below:
The main theme of the album for Henry Green is movement. He explains “We’re constantly moving in some manner, at some pace… whether its physically or emotionally. This year was all about progression and change for me, so I found myself constantly gravitating towards that idea of movement in my lyrics. Shift was a word that just kept reappearing when writing the tracks, whether I was describing the structures of the tracks, the instrumentation/arrangement and obviously, the lyrics. I wanted to exhibit a feeling of constant movement in the album and that idea that every element is constantly shifting, but at a variety of paces.”
The result is a sound both subtle and cinematic that combines intimate, confessional songwriting with an obsession with electronics that has built in him since age 16. Shift is laden with delicate, complex electronic sounds that show a maturity far beyond Green’s age of 22.
“I vividly remember a friend showing me ‘Swing Tree’ and ‘Osaka Loop Line’ by the Vampire Weekend side project Discovery and it just blew my mind,” says Green. “Its sounds were so refreshing and exciting. The same friend showed me Jai Paul’s ‘BTSTU’ and it had the same effect.” Also among his inspirations are Jon Hopkins and Erased Tapes favourites Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm (“my dream collaborator”). It’s a different artist he’s most associated with, though – Norwegian production megastar Kygo, who in 2013 remixed Green’s cover of MGMT hit “Electric Feel” to the tune of 10m SoundCloud streams.
Green has two cult adored EPs, over 8m Spotify streams and shows with London Grammar and Nick Mulvey to his name. With his debut album Shift recorded in both Bristol & Berlin and co-produced by Nico Rebscher and mixed by Jack Shuter, he’s continuing to push the boundaries of his sound, drifting further away from the guitar that formed the epicentre of his early songs and leaning heavier icy synth shimmers. “I’ve become obsessed with the idea of creating atmosphere. As I learnt more about production,” he explains, “I found it easier to translate my ideas and find new ways to create the sounds that would reflect my lyrical style.”
Shift artwork & tracklist:
4. Another Light (stream)
5. Stay Here (stream)
7. Without You
9. In Bloom
Henry Green will tour later this year with a headline London show already announced for Corsica Studios on 3rd May. More live dates will be announced soon. See Green live on the following dates:
21/4 – Motel Mozaique Festival, Rotterdam, NL
24/4 – Paradiso (upstairs), Amsterdam, NL
25/4 – Nochtwache, Hamburg, DE
26/4 – Privatclub, Berlin, DE
27/4 – Wohngemeinschaft, Cologne, DE
2/5 – The Exchange, Bristol UK
3/5 – Corsica Studios, London UK