Love at first listen is that rarest of things, but Henry Green’s latest eerily emotive cut is an instant heart-melter.
New single ‘Stay Here’ is the Bristol-based artist’s best offering to date, combining a dead-of-night electronic soundscape à la Deptford Goth with half-whispered words that tackle Henry Green‘s feelings of isolation and his search for a sense of purpose.
With the track now available via Akira Records, we talked to the newcomer to get to the lowdown.
‘Stay Here’ is stunning. How did the track come about?
“Thank you! It started with a load of production ideas and that groove that kicks in from the second chorus onwards. I knew I really liked it, but I was working on a lot of short sketches at the time and struggling to mold these ideas into actual songs, so I was almost a little hesitant to work on it. I eventually sat down at the piano and wrote the song without any of the production in mind. I took the track out to Berlin to experiment with Nico Rebscher. We played around with the lyrical themes of isolation and space in the production and tried to convey that fragility and intimacy that I imagined when I wrote it.”
How did you start out in music?
“I got a guitar for Christmas one year as a child. After a few years of murdering classic rock songs, I realised I just wanted to create. I started to get into production, electronics and creating atmosphere through music. I really liked the idea of translating the ideas in my head using sound and painting pictures with words.”
Who are the Top 5 biggest influences on your sound right now?
“At the moment it’s probably Four Tet, Mount Kimbie, Bon Iver, Bonobo and Jon Hopkins.”
Any other new bands that you’ve played with and would recommend?
“There are a lot of Bristol artists emerging that I really love: Tamu Massif, Harvey Causon, Fenne Lily, Body Clocks, Ardyn, Nugget. So many.”
And finally, what does the remainder of 2017 hold for Henry Green?
“At the moment, I’m just finishing the album. Pulling together the loose ends and trying to retain faith in my original ideas. I really want to finish it and start writing new material, but it’s too easy to dwell on tiny details. It’s nearly done though and I’m so excited to share what I’ve been working on this year.”