Progressive, experimental and acoustic, yet somehow remaining as pop music. Using a plethora of loops and various effects to orchestrate songs that evoke vivid emotions.
An accessible amalgamation of folk, classical, experimental and popular music.
"He may be shy, but as he picks a guitar line, loops it on a sequencer and begins layering another over the top and adding effects, the captivated audience sense they're in the presence of something special" - Kerrang!
Task In Hand Promotions - "Some call him 'a whisper in a giant cave', some call him 'acoustic F*ck Buttons', we call him Howard James Kenny … and he's ruddy good!"
'Shelter Songs', his debut album, is the result of a years experimenting, writing, recording and performing across the UK.
The release of Howard James Kenny's début album ‘Shelter Songs’ marks the culmination of a unique two-year journey. Emerging from a rusty, leaking cattle barn in rural Worcestershire after months of experimentation, Howard presented his beautiful, fragmentary tunes to a rapturous audience in March 2009. Wowing early crowds with suites that build from the sweet hushed intimacy of classic folk-tinged Nick Drake to the climactic, spine tingling crescendo’s of Mogwai, Howard quickly earned himself the sobriquet; "a one man Sigur Ros". Later he earned further comparisons to the Icelandic post-rockers with turns at 2000 Trees and the Brainwash festivals.
Howard’s rare and bewitching combination of looped vocals, guitar and simple synth embraces the experimental spirit of Juana Molina and Battles’ immersive atmosphere while still retaining the tenderness of Stars Of The Lid.
‘Shelter Songs’ was recorded with producer Dave Draper at FFG in Gloucester during 2010, a year that saw Howard play with the likes of Fuck Buttons, Baths, Bob Brozman and Tommy Reilly and embark on a nationwide tour in support of Jonah Matranga (Far, New End Original).
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