Keaton Henson releases debut single "You Don't Know How Lucky You Are" [Videos]

Keaton Henson

Keaton Henson will release his beautiful debut single, "You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are", on October 24, 2011; in association with ATC Management and Motive Sounds.

This will precede the official release of his debut album, 'Dear…', early next year.

Keaton is a twenty-three year-old songwriter, artist and poet from the suburbs of London. He spends his days alone - at first by chance, and now by choice - writing and recording from his bedroom. His music was never really intended to be heard by anyone, for reasons that will become clear later. Yet despite this, and without management, press or radio play, Henson has sold nearly 4000 copies of his first self-released record, and received more than 55,000 views of a single video (15,000 of these coming in its first two days online).

Those who know about him mix between the obsessive - setting up Facebook and Tumblr sites in a bid to find out more about him - and the concerned: Keaton's raw, emotional lyrics have led to many posting messages online, inquiring as to his wellbeing (or, in the case of Wetchester Men's Ministry, trying to convert him).

Largely oblivious to it all is Keaton himself, of whom relatively little is still known. He first came to light as an illustrator and visual artist, through which he has exhibited art worldwide and will publish a book this autumn.

Keaton wrote the songs of 'Dear…' following - his lyrics would suggest - a particularly traumatic relationship breakdown. Today, he professes to have only written music as a gift to his best friend, who then pressured him into putting tracks online (even his family had no idea what he was doing in his bedroom for two years).

This might explain the quietly devastating emotional honesty of Keaton's songs, which were never designed to reach an audience.

"You Don't Know How Lucky You Are", for instance, addresses a former love directly ("Does he know not to talk about your dad? / Does he know when you're sad, you don't like to be touched?").

Keaton Henson - You Don't Know How Lucky You Are video:

The extraordinary "Charon", whose oddly amusing video features a puppet committing suicide, is also informed by anxiety, and isolation: "it seems as though I'm on my own, and time transcends / and it seems I speak like waters leak, and I'm losing friends."

Keaton Henson - Charon video:

Keaton will now partner with ATC and Motive Sounds to release his debut album next year: a limited, hand-sewn and personally-illustrated run sold out in just two hours some months ago. And whilst he is slowly growing in confidence to talk about himself and his music, Keaton is still far from a conventional artist. For one thing, any fans expecting to see him play a gig might have to wait a while. Intent on ridding himself of the anxiety that has plagued him since he was a child - "I have an over-active fear gland", as he wryly puts it - Keaton agreed to play his first ever gig last year. This just happened to be in front of 2000 people at Sadler's Wells, in conjunction with the acclaimed dance troupe BalletBoyz, who wished to perform live to his music.

"Everyone was saying the adrenaline would kick in," he recalls, "but it just didn't. The audience were so supportive and even quite emotional, but I couldn't understand why they were staring at me. I sang again the following night and then told the company I just couldn't do it anymore."

Keaton Henson's music constructs an intense, honest and emotional space: even the open-ended title, 'Dear…', suggests a degree of intimacy. This is clearly at odds with the demands of the live circuit, so Keaton is currently making plans for live music experiences that will suit both his disposition and his music. Ideas currently range from performances via video stream to installations within a gallery space: details will be confirmed nearer the release of the album itself.

"One of the most special pieces of music I've heard in a very long time" - Zane Lowe

"Henson's private agony is proving addictive." - Guardian

"Breathtaking…Henson's debut cuts so close to the emotional bone that it feels like it could crumble at any moment" - Music Week

"Henson's music will change your life if you let it" - The 405

"Powerful…That said, I also worried about Keaton. It's very important to have close friends that you can share your life with…Please let us know if you want to join us for breakfast sometime" - Wetchester Men's Ministry

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