Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Old English release "Prose and Kahns"

On February 5th Old English’s album Prose and Kahns was released, three years after Matt Henderson first began working on it in his bedroom.  I have had it since January 8th and it has been in heavy rotation here at home.
In those three years Old English worked on the album in 6 cities, 3 countries, and  their collaborators climbed well above 20. In total there were 27 songs written for the album. Each song’s survival hinged on how well they related to the previously completed tracks. New aesthetic elements and musical personalities were constantly being added, but this process created a narrative, both lyrically and sonically. It didn’t feel like three years for Matt. "It felt more like one long day". 
The result is an album that is stylistically varied – with influences including brit-rock, shoegaze, electro-pop, and folk – all coexisting without losing any stylistic clarity. The songs are meticulously detailed, layered, and belong side by side, the way they were written.
I am not a reviewer. I just recommend based on 30 years of collecting music. I strongly recommend Prose and Kahns. Have a listen and I think you'll be hooked. Start with "We've Been Here Before" and glide into "Lotteries and Tents"...

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