Keaton Henson has released his stunning new single ‘Late To You’, out now via Play It Again Sam. Listen HERE. The single is taken from Keaton’s forthcoming new album House Party, due 9th June, and available to pre-order/save HERE.
One of the more overtly personal tracks on the album, ‘Late To You’ is a beautiful, defences-down apology from Keaton to his wife; blurring the lines between himself and the album’s narrator. He explains: “This is one of the songs that I really relate to and feel is taken from my own feelings about my wife. But perhaps for different reasons than the character in the song. It’s about finding the person you want to be with forever, who makes you feel like you can be yourself and finally relax. But feeling as though you’ve found them too late, and have already given the best of yourself to other people, and work, and life. And all you can offer them is what’s left in you. But offering it anyway, and praying that they take you – baggage, flaws, emptiness and all.”
House Party is Keaton Henson as you’ve never heard him before; a conceptual and sonic departure that sees him inhabit a parallel version of himself who, from the outset, aggressively pursued fame and all its trappings. This narrator, who is embodied by the pink-suited Keaton of the Tristan Pigott-designed album artwork and imagery, also allows over the course of 12 stunning and pop-driven tracks, the real Keaton to explore his own story and motivation.
On House Party, Keaton says: “I wanted to make an upbeat confident pop record about depression and being a performer, written from the viewpoint of an artist who has hollowed himself out over a long career in the name of success, an alternate universe version of me, who is left empty and lonely from climbing to the top, but is still only able to express these feelings in the language of confident, performative pop songs.”
‘Late To You’ follows the blissfully bleary single ‘Envy’, the sunny, yet dark love song ‘The Meeting Place’, and album opener ‘I’m Not There’ whose mellifluous jangle pop melodies mask the feelings of disconnection and isolation at the album’s heart.
The album was teased at the end of last year as Keaton launched his TikTok with a selection of pop covers, ranging from Taylor Swift to Boys II Men, that were eventually released as an EP, Keaton’s Party Playlist.
Fans lucky enough to get tickets to Keaton’s UK tour before it sold out in a matter of minutes will hear songs taken from the album live for the very first time. The tour kicks off in Bristol on 9th June, the same day House Party will be released, and journeys through Manchester, London and Brighton.
House Party is available on CD, LP & digital formats on the 9th June. Pre-order here.