Keaton Henson - Fragments EP - New 12"
Format: New 12" Label: Play It Again Sam Cat. No. PIASR1234LP Barcode: 5400863056179 Released: 15/10/2021
Keaton Henson’s Fragments EP was made as a companion piece to last year’s Monument album, written and recorded at the same time.
Monument is a fragile, meditative and emotional unravelling of grief in the aftermath of losing his father, and for all its hushed acoustics, Monument cocooned its emotion in some beautifully tender melodies and acute observations. It’s a warm and relatable listen.
On Fragments EP, whilst the lyrical themes and subjects may stray from ‘Monument’’s poignant subject matter, in its sound and atmosphere, it feels suitably entwined.
The eight tracks that form the 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.
Julien Baker shares a mic from across the ocean in Australia on ‘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.
Fragments EP and Monument are two fine bodies of work by this singular, unique British artist, and two empathetic records of sorrow and strength.