You hear a voice in a room. It is tender and gentle, but it bites at your bones. You hear a guitar’s golden echoes, creating a cocoon you can’t leave. You hear the voice of a 24-year-old man whose songs, artwork and poetry are known by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The voice in the room, Keaton Henson was born in the dying days of the 1980s. His heroes then were artists and illustrators like Edward Gorey; his heroes now are songwriters like Randy Newman and Loudon Wainwright. All three reveal the kind of artist Keaton strives to be: someone who understands the power of honesty, even when it is heartless, and how only that can make one’s art truly heartfelt.
Written and recorded in less than a year, a toughness veins throughout his latest Birthdays, addressing the challenges of newfound and newly-lost love. And in more ways than one, Birthdays presents the perils of getting what you wished for. “Lying To You” may sound like a love song, but it reveals how painfully easy it is to be with someone you don’t love. “Sweetheart, What Have You Done To Us” begins with quiet strums and blossoms into a ten-piece string section and French horns that strike at the listener’s core.
RIYL: Bon Iver, Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Antony and the Johnsons
Going for Adds 3/4 & 3/5
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