Under the moniker brokenkites, James Willard has released more than 30 albums of electronic music, the most recent being Birds With Blackest Hearts. In the same vein as Brian Eno, the albums are cinematic instrumentals for movies that have yet to be made. From ambient melancholia to clanging, urgent synth lines, every brokenkites album mines some new emotional territory.

Willard also branched out and worked on a four-album narrative/soundtrack project (including Still and Silent Sleep) that followed an original storyline about a war-ravaged, dystopian future narrated by Melissa McBride, Matthew Kendrick, and Chip Wood.

Birds With Blackest Hearts is a collection of songs that haven’t been available in physical CD format. “The songs are from digital-only releases and I wanted to get them off the internet and into people’s hands, computers, and car stereos,” Willard said.

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– Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.