22° Halo isn’t alone in the downpour anymore.
The shoegaze project of Will Kennedy, the Philadelphia-based band’s discography is a testament to duality. Their latest album, Garden Bed, released in 2021, celebrates connection and serves as a mirror to their 2019 self-titled release.
“The self-titled was kind of this isolating experience where I was going on little nature walks by myself, it was kind of a lonelier album,” Kennedy says. “Garden Bed, it’s all about relationships, mostly friendships in my life and how those two healing experiences, one being learning how to be alone and the other one how to be with other people.”
Kennedy began making music under the moniker Teen Spaceship and put out one EP before he decided to start releasing music under 22° Halo. A self-described perfectionist, it was only when he learned to “let go and relax a little bit” that he was able to come up with a collection of songs that would eventually serve as his self-titled.
He spent the majority of summer 2017 working on 22° Halo and biking around the city. Having his own “Rocky Balboa” moments at the top of the Art Museum steps, slowly it felt like everything was starting to fall into place as he escaped to spots outside the concrete heat and constant rush of city chaos. He began recording with Fran Lyons (Free Cake For Every Creature, Ylayali), Ben Opatut (They Are Gutting a Body of Water), Maxray Savage (Maxray Savage), and Joey Degrado (Crooked Spine), and Anastasia Lasky (Unwelcomed) at their house show venue, All Nite Diner.