Boomkat Product Review:
Benjy Keating brings his Palmistry sound into sharper focus with more confident songwriting and full-bodied production in ‘Afterlife’, but at no expense to the careful, puckered minimalism that defines his style.
Notably featuring production from SOPHIE on single track ‘Water’, and Mechatok on ‘Rovin’, plus beats from Equiknoxx, Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat, ‘Afterlife’ also finds Palmistry delegating vocal duties to Miami’s Toian and Ghanaian artist Klu, who all fall neatly into his gossamer fine and precise reggaeton/dancehall/R&B sound without messing up the balance.
The SOPHIE-produced, Afrobeats-like pressure of ‘Water’ is an obvious highlight, but the biggest surprise is saved for the titular closing shot, a skeletal but sweetly rugged 2-step garage style that we’d love to hear him explore more, while his minimalist aesthetics are pushed to their most tender and effective in the fluttering marimba and blushing pads of ‘Sway’ and the gorgeous use of choral synth harmonics and Burial-esque atmospheres in ‘Vexed’.
Quite simply, ‘Afterlife’ is a subtle but huge step on from ‘Pagan’, primed to play over and again.