The acclaimed new English artist Keaton Henson will be performing in North America for the first time this coming April with special shows in New York and Los Angeles. These are very exceptional appearances for the famously reclusive Henson. His small number of previous shows have occurred in non traditional venues such as an old cinema museum, Sigmund Freud’s old home, and an art gallery, receiving overwhelming and enthusiastic praise.
The Sunday Times wrote of a London performance, "In a rich, resonant voice backed by cello and delicate guitar parts, Henson delivered desolate, devastating songs as though opening his diary for fans to share his sorrow... a deeply strange, spectacular show"
Henson will appear first on April 8th at Housing Works Bookstore in NYC. The performance is a benefit for Housing Works, a non profit committed to fighting AIDS and homelessness. The Los Angeles show will occur on April 11 inside the Masonic Temple at the historic Hollywood Forever cemetery. Henson will be making these rare Stateside appearances in support of his highly anticipated new album Birthdays which will be released on April 9th throughout North America on Anti-.
In addition, Henson is releasing an intensely atmospheric version of his song “Teach Me” from the new album remixed by California artist The Album Leaf. The song is currently premièring via Paste Magazine at: http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/av/2013/02/song-premiere-keaton-henson---teach-me-the-album-l.html
The new album Birthdays is the follow up to Henson’s heralded self-recorded and self-released debut Dear… which generated powerful buzz in his native England, with Time Out calling Henson an “accomplished artist, poised songwriter, heartbroken recluse” while The Sunday Times described the twenty-four year old as “one of the most compelling singer-songwriters we’ve heard in ages."
Though created almost entirely on guitar, Keaton Henson generates a sound that is unexpectedly complex and evocative. The lyrics are so deeply personal it can feel voyeuristic, recalling the confessions of a close friend or lover. If one were to reach for a point of reference, it would be figures such as Nick Drake and Tim Buckley or even Dylan Thomas and Oscar Wilde.
Critical Acclaim For Keaton Henson
"Beautiful and heartbreaking" - The Times
"Henson's private agony is proving addictive." - The Guardian
"A tear-stained love letter" – Fader
"Beautiful and uncompromising" – Q
“Startling...it feels like trespassing” - Observer
"Beautifully fragile" - Evening Standard
“Accomplished artist, poised songwriter, heartbroken recluse...spine-tinglingly poignant” - Time Out