Kalli/‘While the City Sleeps’
Without Gravity’s singer releases debut solo album on September 22nd through One Little Indian In 2005, the Icelandic band Without Gravity, released their critically received debut album, Tenderfoot. Fronted by the beautiful voice of lead singer Kalli (Karl Henry), the band earned respect at the highest levels, with many tastemakers becoming passionate fans. When the band broke up, Kalli picked up his guitar and recorded ten new songs for his debut solo album, While the City Sleeps. This album continues the tradition of beauty and pain finding a nesting ground in the heart of a young man.
“I wrote the album when I had just split from the band, and was going through some changes in my personal life too, so there were a lot of negative emotions curling up inside of me,” explains Kalli. Recorded at home at Studio 128 in downtown Reykjavik, While the City Sleeps draws blood immediately, guided by Kalli’s worn, sombre vocals. Drawing comparisons to those masters of dark, pop realms such as Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, and Neil Young, While The City Sleeps is deep, doomed and dream like, a record scattered with illusions of darkness, stormy weather, and uncertainty.
It’s also a deeply personal record, as Kalli writes about personal transitions, the movement from excess to stability and the pain that comes with the change. Along with producer and multi-instrumentalist Arnar G., Kalli recorded, performed and produced everything himself on While the City Sleeps, furthering this intensely personal journey. But positivism shines through.
“Affecting songs of quiet heartache” – Time Out “Exudes a humble charm” – Pop Matters
(Kalli/Last Train Home 2010)
In May 2010 Kalli Travelled to Nashville,Tennessee and teamed up with Producer Kurt Storey.
Together they recorded Kalli's second solo album "Last Train Home" (2010),
in the Burns Station Sound Studio located just outside Nashville.
On the record Kalli had the great fortune of having some of Nashville's A list
musicians accompanying him on the record,Bob Moore,Lloyd Green,Jd,Blair,Hargus "Pig"Robbins,Guthrie Trapp
Nathan Thomas,Jeff Taylor,Chris Henry,Buddy Spicher,Jonell Mosser.
Last Train Home will be released internationally by One Little Indian on August 8, 2011