Keeley Forsyth is an Oldham-born actor-turned-musical artist with an exceptional, raw and emotional vocal delivery. You may have seen her in all sorts of things from Coronation Street to Luther, but these days it’s all about the music, which, in turn is mostly all about her voice, and for now her debut album, Debris. RIYL Scott Walker, Aldous Harding, Nico, Cat Power, PJ Harvey and stuff like that, really.
Vinyl LP £17.25 BAY116V
Black vinyl LP on The Leaf Label.
CD £12.23 BAY116CD
CD on The Leaf Label.
Limited Vinyl LP £18.99 BAY116VX
Limited edition, indies only gold coloured vinyl LP on The Leaf Label.
- Coloured vinyl
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‘Debris’ by Keeley Forsyth is the hot new album everyone is comparing to Scott Walker’s solo stuff. And like, it’s not a bad comparison. She does share his willingness to play with her voice, using her full range and a lot of vibrato. But I think there is a better comparison, Dean Blunt.
Walker’s music was intense and nightmarish, by the end it featured everything from a man punching a dead pig to those drone metal titans Sunn O))). Blunt has a more subtle approach, one that feels more in line with dreams. On record his music was surprisingly gentle, but underpinned by a sense of detachment to ideas. Things always move quickly. Forsyth is the same. ‘Debris’ is just shy of the 30 minute mark, but feels much more substantial than its run time suggests.
The instrumentation is very warm. Other than her wonderful voice, Forsyth mostly uses strings (bowed and plucked) to create her slow burning and woozy songs. They can be driving, as on the title track, or they can be so drawn out they become a drone, as on ‘Lost’. On the latter track Forsyth's lyrics spill from her mouth in a way that almost fills unintentional. Half heard backing vocals accompany her, perhaps in answer to the question that opens the track. “Is this what madness feels like?”
There’s a moment where an alarm pierces from the carefully constructed instrumentation on ‘Black Bull’ only to be cut off by the mechanical clunk of it being turned off. The song continues unimpeded.
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