Keaton Henson’s music deserves all the devotion and respect it gets. From his cavernously personal home recorded debut ‘Dear’ in 2012 to the more recent tense and tormented orchestral ‘Six Lethargies’ he always makes that emotional connection. His songs, his experiences become yours.
Whispers about new Henson song-craft began to filter through a couple of months ago with ‘Career Day’, its rich guitar soothed electronics sketching out some gentle resignation, and then the resonant, cathartic piano ballad ‘Prayer’. Now he has shared a final track ‘Husk’ to welcome in his forthcoming album ‘Monument’ released via Play It Again Sam on 23rd October.
Keaton sees ‘Husk’ as a song about ‘waking up and realising that you’ve aged’ but there’s a zesty sense of possibility as the tune eases between stripped down pensiveness and a wave of rich pop hope. It’s that delicate balance between love and pain, revival and regret that Keaton Henson so often manages to navigate for us. So although ‘Monument’ is an album grounded in loss, unfolding as it did at the time of his father’s death, you know that its honesty will be more than uplifting.