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High July

by Katell Keineg

Soaring, sweet, epic pop like wind under wings.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. What's The Only Thing Worse Than The End Of Time?
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2. High Marks
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3. Shaking The Disease
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4. On Yer Way
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5. Beautiful Day
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6. Captain (Steal This Riff)
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7. Little Joe
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8. Brother Of The Brush
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9. Seven League Boots
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10. Te Recuerdo Victor Jara
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Rolling Stone
“There’s a theory that certain musical frequencies affect people emotionally. Katell Keineg has found them. It’s damn near impossible to listen to her earthy and ethereal voice without feeling the spirit move you.”

Time Magazine
“Folksy and hypnotic”

Newsweek Magazine
“Katell Keineg’s new album, ‘Jet’, meshes rock muscularity and heady emotionalism. We haven’t graduated to the literary complexity of the 51/2-minute opus ‘Battle of the Trees’ yet, but we know a good riff when we hear one; by the time the song sweeps into its exquisitely layered crescendo, we’re deep inside.”

The New York Times
“Katell Keineg has a voice so charged with feeling that it lifts everything she sings to the level of a primal wail”

The Times (London)
“Keineg is a singer and songwriter who gains her power by juxtaposing ugly with beautiful and then letting the two battle it out for ascendancy.”

New Yorker
“The voice of Katell Keineg is a beautiful and wild force of nature”
The Irish Times
“… it was Katell Keineg’s slow-burning fuse, igniting on her magnificent ‘The Gulf Of Araby’, that truly captured the essence of (Victor) Jara.”

Tom Moon,
National Public Radio (US)
“ Here are wildly inspired songs filled with literate and mystical images, songs that aspire to the sprawl and sweep of epic novels.”

The Guardian
“Keineg’s quirky compositions, infused with a haunting, ethereal quality, are something entirely of her own creation. The haunting becomes almost literal on ‘Leonor’, a jaunty setting of a Guardian obituary of the Surrealist painter Leonor Fini.”

The Vancouver Sun
“Truly weird”

LA Times
“Conveying a nearly beatific sense of joy in performance”

The Independent (UK)
“Spacious and spooky”

NME
“The arrangement of the song (Mama, You’ve Been On My Mind), leaves everybody in bits. There’s no instruments involved, which is something Sinead (O’ Connor) has done in the past, but now she’s got Katell Keineg singing in a heavenly counterpoint – exotic and sad like nothing I’ve heard before.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Keineg’s best work -– the transfixing inventory of wild hope, ‘The Gulf Of Araby,’ the bitter ‘Franklin’ -– exhibits a poignancy we don't hear much any more.

NY Magazine
“… a voraciously poetic sense of language.”

Musician Magazine
“More than a well-crafted piece of product, ‘Jet’ will intoxicate anyone who still believes pop music can transcend dreary reality.”

The San Francisco Chronicle
“Katell Keineg defies facile categorization. Fascinated by unlikely instrumentation, Keineg also writes some of the smartest lyrics around.”

Esquire Magazine
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“’Jet’ is a weird album; it seems to have been made in a bubble, without any regard for marketing or programming. (It) vexes you like a dream: There’s logic to it, but it’s buried way down deep”

Time Out New York
“Katell Keineg is a genre-straddling songwriter and performer – unfortunately, she’s so hard to pigeonhole that she’s still flying below the radar despite an arresting body of work. Her music, however, remains as strong, sly and beautiful as ever.”

LA Weekly
“’What’s The Only Thing Worse Than The End Of Time?’ a hypnotically contrapuntal four-song EP featuring a haunting rendition of Nick Drake’s ‘River Man’. Not bad for her first recording in five years. Our hope is that this time she doesn’t find the buzz from the music bizz too ‘intoxicating’ and wander away like before, just as she was cultivating a small but devoted following among critics and fans with ‘O Seasons, O Castles’ and ‘Jet’.”

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Matthew Howe

Simply stunning.
There are only two things wrong with High July:

1 - We had to wait seven freaking years for it.

2- For some reason she left "Summer Loving Song," a live show fave and certain alt-radio hit, off the record.

Nitpicks aside, High July is simply stunning. Ms. Keineg's voice is gorgeous, powerful and versitile. Her songwriting is as creative and eclectic as you could ever hope to find.

There's not a single false moment on this album. Ms. Keineg takes us from songs of eye-misting beauty (On Yer Way) to peppy, fist-waving activism (Shaking the Disease) to toe tapping whimsy (Brother of the Brush.)

The word genius is waaayyyy overused these days, but in Ms. Keineg's case it applies - she is the Richard Feynman of alternative music.

So do your soul a favor. Listen to this record.
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Matt

Very good 3rd effort
I have to say this about Katell Keineg. I love her style and mood changes from song to song, she is very courageous in that respect, for lack of a better word. High July did not hold the same awe I felt as when I first listened to Jet, but it is still a very good album. I admire the artistry that is poured into many of the songs but they just don't grab onto me like I would want them to. I think it is a combination of what the songs are about and quite possibly the production. I plan on giving the album more play through time to rehash my thoughts on it as I do with all new music. I have trouble discerning some lyrics and she is the type of artist that I want to understand. I really do like this album and think it has a lot of passion within but I do believe that there is more to Katell and her music and what she is capable of putting forth. I have never heard a voice so unique and strong like hers, she is truly angelic. Some highlights for me on this release are Beautiful Day and Captain (Steal This Riff). I especially love the time/space imagery in Beautiful Day, freezing that image of a beautiful day in your mind. Awesome memories come pouring out when listening to this positive reflection of a song. Thank you and God bless.
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Al Kikuras

Very brave album
Katell branched out in to a lot of new areas on this album. High July is a very brave and beautiful release.
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Katell Fan

dissapointing, at best
I wanted to really love this album. I'm a huge fan of Katell's, having seen her a number of times. "O Seasons" and "Jet" are two of my favorite albums of all time.

If you've seen her at all live over the past few years or bought the "The Only Thing Worse..." EP, there will be no surprises on this ablum.

There are a few songs which are really great, such as "The Only Thing Worse...", "Beautiful Day", and "Brother of the Brush". However, most of the other songs are meandering and boring, especially "7 League Boots".

Overall, this album lacks a polish that was present on her other albums. The mixing is off by quite a bit. When listening to the album, some of the tracks get lost due to their low volume if you're listening in the car, for example.

I can't wait for her next album.
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PJ

It's been too long, but worth the wait
The long-awaited High July is truly an album that will grow on you. There are some great songs on here that harken back to her first two albums, such as Captain (Steal this Riff), which sounds like it could be on Jet (reminiscent of Battle of the Trees) and Brother of the Brush, which has Katell singing in the voice of the reincarnated artist Gaugaun (sp?), as fresh and fun as Leonore is, also from Jet. Other songs - including On Yer Way, Beautiful Day, Little Joe, and Te Recuerdo Victor Jara - show a mature, joyous, and vulnerable side of Katell that will pull you in with a soft whisper and then later tug at your heart as Katell's voice sounds as if it is heaven sent. Can go on for days about how therapeutic her voice can be. Can't wait to see her live.
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Me

Stellar Album!
I have been a fan of Katell Keineg's for years. Without a doubt, she is one of the finest singer/songwriters working today - cunning lyrics with crunchy and haunting melodies. High July is a superb album. Some songs, such as What's the Only Things Worse than the End of Time? and Shaking the Disease are instant catchy,alterna-pop gems and are accessible upon the first listen. Captain (Steal this Riff) is a wonderful song, full of life. On Yer Way is an interesting mix of gorgeous harmonies and uncharted eruptions of electric guitar. And then, as with all of Katell's albums, there are pieces that challenge the listener - those with meandering melodies and introspective lyrics. Little Joe grows on you as you listen and then there is Seven League Boots - one of the finest tuba tunes I've ever heard, just fun. However, the crown jewel of this album is Te Recuerdo Victor Jara - a song filled with wails and whispers that will put you in a trance and haunt you again and again and again... Let's hope that Katell is able to serve up more of her work sooner than later!
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Ben

It's a Beautiful Day for Keineg
Katell Keineg is and should be respected as a true and rare artist today. High July is definatley a reflection of her musical talent and style but unfortunatley it differs from Jet and O Seasons in a bad way. Her first two full length albulms were unashamdedly bare and heartfelt throughout, and while songs like Little Joe capture some of that emotion, High July overall seems to be missing that. Then again it could signify an emotional change for Keineg, regardless High July is a must have for Keineg fans.
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Tomcat

So Affecting
The songs, her playing, her voice, the production all conspire to draw you in and then haunt you. It's hard to fathom why she hasn't gained a big audience. All three albums are very fine and will stick to the ribs.
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verticalleftbank

poet + griot + maker of all things beautiful
katell has one of the most unique, most beautiful voices i have ever heard. she is a poet, a griot, and a bringer of all things beautiful. what's the only thing worse than the end of time is simply one of my favourite tracks. keep on katell. the world is a more melodic place with you in it...
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stevie

katell strikes again! she has never lost a draftsman's touch...
the unpretentiously poetic katell keineg has delivered the goods here with an upfront vocal and melodic confidence more reminiscent of her debut album than the follow-up 'jet'...and its a warm welcome. she leaps effecively from dreamy slow moody songs to uptempo but still thought-provoking rock, and sometimes both at once ("on yer way"). revolutionary, artful, hip...tender. what more can you ask from 10 songs? oh, and the 'drinking song'--track 8, "brother of the brush"-- is a great addition to her palette on this recording.
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