Behaving is a new album of electronic music by Keaton Henson. Irish singer/songwriter Henson is more well-known for his fragile acoustic folk-pop, but whilst working on his follow-up to his 2013 album, Birthdays, his search for inspiration led him to change tack completely. The songs were recorded in the dark and many of the lyrics are improvised and laid down in one take. On 180gm vinyl with artwork by Keaton Henson himself.
LP £26.99 VF211
180g vinyl LP on The Vinyl Factory. Includes a bespoke hand-signed and numbered art print.
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Keaton Henson has done a lot of things previously, mainly in a singer-songwriter fiel and it's a wonder I've not come across him before. However, this record denotes a departure from his usual fayre and sees him experimenting with electronics and samples. What it results in is a record which fits nicely into the weep-tronica of James Blake and Jamie Isaac. The first thing you hear is Henson manipulating his voice into all kind of shapes on the opener 'Shower' but the real emotional magic comes on 'Don't Dance' when his normal voice joins the throng. He sure sings sweet though through that beard 'n' cigarette combination.
The mixture of voice manipulation and 'young people having a terrible time' lyrics reveals Henson to be charting a similar furrow to Lapsley. I would pretty much bet my house that if this track got played on Lauren Laverne's morning show then lots of people would tweet their approval. Elsewhere there are moments when I start to doubt it a bit (the muffled Italo-house piano on 'False Alarms' for example) and you are going to have to really like looped and time stretched/slowed down vocals and the general feeling of navel gazing misery dirge.
It's nicely done though and I can't sum it up better than by describing it as some kind of cross between Bon Iver and James Blake. Weep that into your headsets!
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