Keaton Henson is a 24-year-old UK singer, songwriter, and artist who creates art that bites at your bones. A product of 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. Shortly after leaving school Keaton fell in love hard, was betrayed, and got his heart smashed to pieces. He became even more of a hermit in his solitary world, writing hundreds of songs out of nowhere. “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
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