Henry Green captures a dense sense of movement on Shift

ShiftThe debut album from Bristol-based electronic artist Henry Green is an icy wind swept mixture of synth-drenched melodies. Titled Shift, the album moves with complexity that sees a 'shift' (ahem) from Green's previous works. With two EPs and millions of Spotify streams already under his belt, this new collection of songs produces a maturity beyond his youthful age of 22.

Anyone old enough can attest that navigating through their early 20s was no easy task. There are monumental life changes, especially on a psychological front. Green echoes that sentiment and explains why the main themes of Shift are inspired by movement: "We're constantly moving in some manner, at some pace...whether it's 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 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."

Beginning like a dream, that sense of movement is densely populated within each calculated note that Green procures from the atmosphere. There are several instances throughout Shift when the melody seems to drift into the subconscious. The lights dim, the mood changes, and there's a brief pause in the otherwise heavily painted canvas. It's like a cool rain falling on a quiet evening, with your fingers tracing racing drops as they slide into the inevitable possibility. When the next song finally comes in, it's seamless. The shifting tempo is perfectly woven into the fabric of the album like a river flowing through a lush valley.

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Shift is laden with a variety of influences that showcase Green's range and songwriting maturity. The title track is an excellent example as it combines acoustic guitar with synthetic flourishes. The ensuing medley is aqueous and moves with an ebb and flow. Imagine standing on a beach with snow gently falling from a light grey sky, and you'll find yourself in sync with the album's energy. “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.

Those ideas translate into an easily accessible language as if Green were having a conversation with you in its entirety. One of the catchiest songs, "Another Light", further showcases the attention to detail in the album's production. Filled with crisp, frosty vocals, and light airy spaces. The album was co-produced by Nico Rebscher and mixed by Jack Shuter. It stands as a strong introduction of a debut album.

Release: 30th March 2018, Akira Records

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