Keaton Henson released a video for the song “Prayer” off his new album Monument which will be released on October 23rd vía Play It Again Sam (PIAS).
The video was directed by Geej Ower.
Keaton Henson said about the recording of this album: “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.”
“‘Prayer’ is a meditation on the act of preparing to lose someone, in whatever form that takes,” Henson 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. The orchestral section is a more personal statement; I didn’t know what to say to my dad before he left and I don’t really know what to say now, so it is, for once in the record, just simply goodbye.”
Another video released was for the song Ontario.
About Ontario Keaton shared: “I have found great solace in the icy winds of Canada. Where, upon opening the door in the morning, the instant freezing of your skin takes any lingering sleeplessness and unreason from you, making you move forward, no matter what else is going on. It is an ode to that landscape, and a portrait of a place I find beautiful, albeit strange.”
The 1st song and video released in anticipation for this album was ‘Career Day’.
About this song and video Henson said: “The video is a collection of often abstracted shots from deeply personal home videos. I just liked the idea of hearing an ageing weary man, singing about his failings over distorted shots of his childhood, and how it colours those captured gleeful moments with the sadness of the passage of time.”
The 4th and most recent video release is for ‘Husk’. About it Henson shared: “Husk is about waking up and realising that you’ve aged. That time, the traitor, has taken from you your best years, the ones where your bones didn’t ache and you could make it through the day without questioning existence.”
The tracklist for Monument, which contains collaborations from Phillip Selway on drums and percussion, Leo Abrahams on guitar and Charlotte Harding on saxophone, is:
2. Self Portrait
4. Career Day
6. While I Can
8. The Grand Old Reason