Anx­ious times

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Wow -

Lon­don born folk rocker Keaton Hen­son was prob­a­bly des­tined for a ca­reer in pop­u­lar cul­ture – his fa­ther is an ac­tor and his mother a bal­le­rina. And not only is he a singer/song­writer of grow­ing stature he is also a poet and vis­ual artist.

The sleeve is an im­pres­sion­ist self-por­trait that hints per­haps at a trou­bled and com­plex mind at work.

Kindly Now is his third al­bum and sees him bar­ing his soul in a stripped back col­lec­tion of songs that ex­am­ines his own life with an un­flinch­ing hon­esty.

His de­but al­bum ‘Dear...’ was given a push when Zane Lowe showed an in­ter­est, while the fol­low-up Birth­days re­ceived plenty of ac­claim.

His mu­sic is sparse - built round beau­ti­fully played pi­ano or gui­tar – and it all seems a lit­tle anx­ious, which is not sur­pris­ing as he ad­mits to hav­ing bat­tled with anx­i­ety for most of his life.

But, that is not to say that there is not plenty to en­joy. There are ref­er­ence points to revered singer/song­writ­ers from Damien Rice to Tim Buck­ley and while Hen­son is not yet in that league there is an un­doubted tal­ent at work here.

High­lights in­clude Good Lust which lives up to its ti­tle be­ing both erotic and lovely. The im­pos­si­bly ro­man­tic Old Lovers In Dress­ing Rooms pushes it close.

It’s hard not to con­clude that Hen­son would be bet­ter for re­lax­ing a bit - but that’s eas­ier said then done, and in any case the mood of frag­ile ten­sion he con­jures up is para­dox­i­cally one of his strengths. To be in with a chance of win­ning this al­bum an­swer this ques­tion. Hen­son re­leased an elec­tronic al­bum un­der what name? En­tries to,Keaton, Nigel Thorn­ton, Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph, Unex House - Suite B,Bourges Boule­vard, Peter­bor­ough, PE1 1NG by Septem­ber 30.

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