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Photograph EP

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richfox Keeley Forsyth was the last musician I went to see live before everything locked down in March (Bristol, the Fleece). I'd heard her album only the week before and thought it was just great, so went along. She gave an incredible, fragile performance. One that I won't soon forget given the way the world changed, almost at the moment she left the stage. These songs are an engrossing, natural extension on from the album. Highly recommended. Favorite track: Unravelling.
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aninfluencingmachine I don't think it's possible for a string of unicode characters rendered on a website to do any kind of justice to such an extraordinary and deeply compelling selection of songs. With Keeley Forsyth's music it's tempting to make the usual comparisons to the usual suspects (Scott Walker is even mentioned in the album description) but it's completely unnecessary IMO. Just listen in isolation and try to take in the wonder and sheer terror of it all. Favorite track: Glass.
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Unravelling 02:40
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Glass 04:00
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Stab 02:45

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Keeley Forsyth follows up her critically lauded debut album, Debris, with the Photograph EP. Across four tracks the domestic tensions remain, albeit taking a more introspective view. Forsyth’s striking vocals are cocooned within otherworldly synthesisers - they transport her words across continents before snapping back to the room. The walls closing in. There’s an aching sense of detachment, which resonates with the circumstances in which it was written.

“I always work from home,” Forsyth explains. “This time, the isolation had a new influence on my lyrical ideas. I was contemplating the idea of homesickness within the home; when life is lived on the domestic grid, in rooms and in tasks. I was looking to reframe the day, to give sound to the picture.”

Photograph takes two steps on from Debris’ electronic closer ‘Start Again’. Continuing the fruitful working relationship with composer Matthew Bourne and bringing Trestle Records’ Ross Downes into the fray, it hints at the vast possibilities open to Forsyth on her next album, and also brings the late period Scott Walker comparisons into focus, with traditional song structures giving way to something more expansive. Cloaked in darkness but seeking surreal beauty and art in the debris of modern life.

“Ross and I worked closely on the video,” says Forsyth. “We discussed the absurdism of Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionescu and Antonin Artaud and the movements of the Tanztheater tradition, all of which has influenced the music I’ve been writing. We were working towards a place where archetypes, expectations and behaviour are unclear - a woman feeds her family with soil while digging her grave.”

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released November 20, 2020

Mastered by Lewis Hopkin at Stardelta

Photography by Ross Downes
Design by Split

Dedicated to Hannah Lawrence

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Keeley Forsyth Harrogate, UK

Keeley Forsyth is a composer, singer and actor from Oldham in the north-west of England.

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