Album Premiere: Cape Francis’ ‘Deep Water’ Is Raw Alternative Bliss

Deep Water - Cape Francis

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A moving, moody alternative bliss, Cape Francis’ Deep Water is a raw record of disconnect and disillusion perfect for heavy moments of introspection.

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Some days, you wake up into a sea of grays: A turbulent world that you don’t fit into – that doesn’t quite work for you. We all have moments of strife and inner turmoil, where the going gets tough and we have to brace ourselves for impact. You hit the ground running at a snail’s pace, pushing yourself to keep up with the rat race… and what’s it all for? You’re still in an unsatisfying situation, and it repeats itself every day.

A moving, moody alternative bliss, Cape Francis’ Deep Water is a raw record of disconnect and disillusion perfect for heavy moments of introspection.

Deep Water - Cape Francis

Deep Water – Cape Francis

Button up, suit & tie
Go to work everyday
In disguise
Wonder how
All my dead dreams died
Fall asleep at the wheel
While you drive
If I’m not with you 
I’m on borrowed time
I get so tired of myself
Say I’m not anyone
Then who the hell am I?

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering Cape Francis’ sophomore album Deep Water, out now on Alyse Vellturo’s Sleep Well Records. The Brooklyn-based solo project of Kevin Olken Henthorn, Cape Francis introduced himself to the world through September 2017’s debut album Falling into Pieces and has been rising ever since. In our 2017 feature interview, Atwood Magazine praised the artist for making a “collection that reads like a dream, start to finish, a progression of consciousness and personal questioning, featuring a variety of sounds and thoughts.” For Henthorn, Cape Francis has represented not only a new direction, but also a vessel in which he has complete control – a control is a valuable commodity in an unstable world.

Such instability seems to hit new peaks in Deep Water, which the artist describes as an examination of “what it is to be a working musician in this day and age; it dives into the fears and anxieties of what it feels like to lead a double life between work and music, and finding a way to come to terms with it.”

Cape Francis © 2019

Cape Francis © 2019

Deep Water opens with restlessness and longing in “Button Up,” a grungy and brooding slog of chugging guitars and smoothly aching vocals. Fans of bands like The Slow Show and Bear’s Den will take comfort in Cape Francis’ dark melancholia: He creates a safe space for open streams of lament.

As the record progresses, catchy songs like “Nobody” breath life into the ether: A folky warmth seeps into the cold grey, lighting some unseen fire that spreads from Cape Francis’ guitar and vocals to our ears, entrenching us in color. Thematically, Deep Water is an amalgam of experiences that capture the stress of modern life, and the coping mechanisms we develop to bear the burden. “Bloodlines” is a stark confrontation of the self that, for all that its aching, nonetheless leaves listeners feeling replenished.

In a daze
Out on a run
Far away from it now
I can’t see there’s any out 
What you’ve done
Take the back woods
No telling what you find
Though familiar
Changing colors every time
But nobody told you
What nobody told you
But nobody told you
What nobody told you
Cape Francis © 2019

Cape Francis © 2019

Among Deep Water’s many highlights is the beautiful, unmissable title track “Deep Water” and the vulnerable “Aftermath,” a particularly intimate attempt to break free from social media that reads as much like a war story as it does the torturous act of turning off one’s phone. It’s incredible, how attached attached we all are to the internet — and yet, “Aftermath” echoes the sentiment so perfectly: It’s a shiver-inducing embodiment of withdrawal.

Get up, take a bath
Dry off the aftermath.
Cleaning last nights dinner pan
They said, Someday you’ll understand.
You try to win a daily war
Never knowing what your fight for.
Nod your head and check the news
Thank god, it wasn’t you.
Their shots are ringing
I can hear them through my door 
Comply and listen 
Keep your head down to the floor.
No use in saying their sorry
It’s all been said before.

We’re all suffering in the modern age; artists like Cape Francis just have a better way of expressing that societal pain than most. Deep Water is majestic and moody, a heavy rendering of what it’s like to not quite fit in with your world today. Kevin Olken Henthorn deserves some sort of medal for this level of unadulterated honesty, and we can all benefit from the escape he’s provided through song. This truly is an alternative bliss.

Experience the full record via our exclusive stream, and peek inside Cape Francis’ Deep Water with Atwood Magazine as Henthorn provides his personal take on the music and lyrics of his sophomore album!

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:: Inside Deep Water ::

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Button Up

Button Up was meant to be a small snapshot of where I am in my life right now. I’ve spent my entire 20’s in Brooklyn, trying to piece together some sort of music career, like so many others I know. I kinda hate it here, I kinda love it here, but often I just feel numb and stuck in this broken loop of living a work life and trying to live a music life.

Midnight Owl

“Midnight Owl” is a companion piece to “Button Up”. Originally written as one song, Ariel Loh (producer) and I, decided to split them up and let each one stand on it’s own. If “Button Up” is about facing the realities of day to day monotony, “Midnight Owl” is about the freedom from that. It’s a song about finally getting time to yourself, to work late into the night on something you love.

Bloodlines

This song is about heritage and trying to run away from the traits that get passed down to us.

Nobody

Living in New York City can be incredibly overwhelming, especially coming from my home state of Maine. Living here, it feels like there’s always someone else in a 30 foot radius of me at all times. Even if they’re in a different apartment, through the walls, someone is always there. More and more I’ve been feeling the need to get out, which is why “Nobody” is a song centered around escapism.
Technology ties us in a loop with everyone 24/7, we’re surrounded by never ending news feeds of dread, and it can defeat the human spirit. There is hardly ever any reflection time in any given day to tackle everything we perceive. I wrote this song as a recharge, as a way to take a moment from everything and reproach it with a clearer perspective. It’s sounds stupid, simple and cheesy, but it’s really a basic human need that is so easily and often forgotten.

Ahead of Myself

On the surface Ahead of Myself is about speeding walking in New York City. But as I was writing this song, I started to realize that my speeding walking was a symptom of my underlaying anxiety from living in the city.

Don’t Open

Everyone has those moments where they hear their parent’s voices in the back of their heads, this song is about confronting that and trying to release some of that weight to make your own decisions in life.

Aftermath

Over this last year I found myself incredibly addicted to social media. It’s felt so unhealthy to be so plugged in all the time and constantly reading horrible things in the news. I got so numb to it overtime that nothing really shocked me anymore. Aftermath is about trying to break free from that hold.

Deep Water

Deep Water is a song about a nightmare I had of sinking and never coming back up.

Headlights

Headlights is about shifting the daydream mentality to actually living and doing what we dream up.

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com