Kev Minney Debut Album Inspired By Stories of The Skies
Looking to the stars Kev Minney combines his passions, guitar, songwriting, and astronomer to create a debut album Stories of the Skies. The singer-songwriter’s acoustic debut shows the depths of style the Brighton-based musician has explored. The album has a simplicity on first listening. Underneath the lyrics and change in guitar, tempo creates a layering reflecting when you first look into the night skies it takes a while to distinguish the stars and constellations spread out before you.
The use of instruments from violin to piano to augment the tonal shaping of the acoustic guitar includes using open tuning to create a melodic haunting sound. The combination works throughout the album. There is always just enough to add but never dominate. This is an album created with thought and attention to detail. The one constant is Kev’s vocals that gently caresses the lyrics and floats above the instruments giving the tracks an ethereal feeling.
Opening with the title track you are instantly transported into the world the Minney has created. The beat changes with a dance rhythm a pop melody as the essence of the Bossa Nova is captured in Like I Always, as anxiety when trying to o beyond the horizon facing a challenge. The narrative told with innate sensitivity.
Inspired by Joni Mitchel and Nick Drake he has created a sound that is uniquely his. Dark Skies demonstrates once again his skills on the acoustic guitar. The track that was the starting point of the album showcasing the perfectionist element of the singer obsessed with astronomy. The haunting violin pulses through the melody with Fairy Tales and Chains a track that looks at changing times, asking questions that are relevant and emotionally engaging. The stars once again a certainty and constant grounding force.
Closing with the most upbeat number the piano adds a twinkle to the tone as we explore Stardust. Minney’s vocals are more relaxed the journey examining stars, change and emotions have been cathartic and Stardust is the magic ingredient of release and freedom.
The ten tracks on the debut album without the backing of a label were made possible with help from the Arts Council in the form of a grant awarded in 2016, so Kev has been able to pay everyone involved in creating the album. There is no argument this is an album for lovers of acoustic. For those who appreciate sparsity the space between notes and lyrics where you can gather your thoughts as you try to make sense of life and emotions.
A debut album with promise. The only thing that holds it back is the sound blends at times there feels like there is no definite change in mood and feeling between the tracks as they meld together. Your attention to the lyrics gets lost at times. Anger sometimes is a good thing combined with on occasion a more assertive sound.
Soon to be out in tour, the translation of the songs from studio to stage will be interesting. Having battled with a stutter and stage fright he has used his obsessive nature to overcome and master the power of being a singer/songwriter to share your inner feelings and turmoil with sensitivity and openness.
Kev Minney – Stories of The Skies
Release Date 8th September
SEVENdoodle paws out of TEN ….
- Chaos In The Sky
- Like I Always
- Just Another Day
- Dark Stars
- Can You Feel It Too
- Fairy Tales & Chains
Like I Always the second single from Stories of The Skies