Keaton Henson is pleased to share details of a new EP, Fragments. It is released on the 3rd September, and features seven meticulously crafted new tracks.
In Autumn 2020, Keaton released a new solo record, Monument. It was a fragile, meditative and emotional unravelling of grief in the aftermath of losing his father. For all its hushed acoustics, Monument cocooned its emotion in some beautifully tender melodies and acute observations. A warm and relatable listen.
Here, the Fragments EP acts as an indirect companion piece to Monument. Written at a similar time to the album, its lyrics stray from Monument’s poignant subject matter, but in sound and atmosphere it feels entwined.
The seven tracks that form the Fragments EP orbit a sweeping kaleidoscope of sonic shapes, shades and textures. Keaton’s voice offers lyrics in an almost frozen romanticism. It’s a voice that sounds rooted in turmoil but also of strength. A happy sadness. Bleakly beautiful.
Before Growing Old, Limb, and No Love Lost are fine examples of that vocal prowess and its mournful tenderness. Thematically, it’s a record with no linear message, albeit touching on the processes of ageing and a grapple with, or understanding, of one’s own self-worth.
Julien Baker shares a mic from across the ocean in Australia on the EP’s final track, Marionette. A songwriter of due reverence herself, Baker and Keaton share an affinity with the power of hushed words, fizzing melodies, and an innate wisdom. They compliment each other beautifully on the EP’s spellbinding closer.
Fragments EP and Monument are two fine bodies of work by this singular, unique British artist, and two empathetic records of sorrow and strength.