Keaton Henson Unveils New Album 'Monument'
He has also shared a video for his single "Prayer"
Published Aug 12, 2020English singer-songwriter Keaton Henson has announced plans for a new album titled Monument. The record is out on October 23 via Play It Again Sam.
Henson is joined by Leo Abrahams, composer Charlotte Harding, Radiohead drummer Philip Selway and, at one point, a full string section on the record — despite beginning his work on Monument in isolation.
Henson elaborated in a statement:
I suppose it is, at its heart, much like my first record; a collection of things I wanted to say, just so they're out of my system, and not necessarily for anyone else to hear. I made it at home, mostly alone, to the sound of birds and rainstorms, at strange hours of day and night.
But, once the bones were recorded, I was somewhat unexpectedly joined by an amazing group of people, who came to musically lift me on their shoulders, and take these unsaid feelings to another plain in terms of sound.
Today, Henson has shared the record's latest single, "Prayer," alongside its Geej Ower-directed music video. The six-minute track serves as the artist's goodbye to his father, who passed away following a battle with a decades-long illness.
He explained: "It's about the feeling of helplessness, and the realisation that there are no words you can say to someone before they leave that will make it less painful when they do, as much as we feel like there must be."
Henson last released a record in 2019 with Six Lethargies. Earlier this year, he shared two singles from the forthcoming record, "Ontario" and "Career Day."
Releasing in tandem with the new record is Henson's new book of poetry titled Accident Dancing. Billed as a collection of "unapologetically personal insight," Faber Music will publish the work on October 22.
Watch the video for "Prayer" below, where you'll also find the record's tracklisting.
2. Self Portrait
4. Career Day
6. While I Can
8. The Grand Old Reason