What do Kate Bush and Khruangbin have in common? They’ve discovered a secret to creating a successful album: recording in a barn on a farm where time stands still. Mostly recorded in the relaxed, magical environment of a 24-track barn studio on her parents’ farm, Hounds of Love reaped the benefits of time (at least 18 months) paired with Kate Bush’s meticulous perfectionism as the producer to yield what remains her most commercially successful album. Harmoniously mixing mass-appeal pop sensibilities with conceptual experimentation, the album was produced as two complementary suites: side one, called “Hounds of Love,” and side two, a 7-track concept piece entitled “The Ninth Wave,” with esoteric nods to her Irish heritage. An album that both haunts and soothes, equal parts heavy and ethereal, this is a must for every record collector.
– Lauren Fay Levy
Recommended – A1 Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God), A4 Mother Stands For Comfort, A5 Cloudbusting, B2 Under Ice, B4 Watching You Without Me
Tags: Art Rock / Avant-Garde / Elegant Pop / Essential Listening / Vocal