“Live Review”: Keaton Henson at Shoreditch Blackall Studios – 20th March 2012

By on Thursday, 5th April 2012 at 5:00 pm

Gallery spaces in East London are weird at the best of times, but when you’re attempting to find an elusive singer-songwriter in an alley on a Shoreditch evening where upon entry you’re given a numbered red card and ushered down to the basement, you can be forgiven for questioning the direction in which your life is going.

Luckily for the hundred acquaintances, tonight’s man of the hour is in the building. TGTF is assured so. This said, not once is he actually seen in the flesh in tonight’s main room. The drink is flowing and the conversation is bubbly, we’re even sitting alongside toy versions of the artist, but it’s not until you go upstairs that you notice the truly original concept of the evening. In a white room upstairs sits an intricate bird’s house, wired from the base all the way round to the back door. It hardly exudes showbiz, but simultaneously builds intrigue and as TGTF sits and peers into the hole in the intricate box, a small projected image appears.

Alas, it’s Keaton Henson. One of England’s finest on offer today, he chooses to keep himself to himself and doesn’t like to perform to crowds, so tonight’s act comes in the form of this rather novel gimmick. He plays one track to my friends and I and then moving on to the next ticketed guest, before assembling everyone together to play a wall-projected show. With the approval of Rough Trade, his debut album and accompanying artwork has seen his slim yet concise repertoire become recognised from outside his niche for the first time of late and it’s certain the buzz around him will continue to grow.

Standout tracks tonight include ‘You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are’ (video below), which has a real acoustic Manchester Orchestra feel to it and ‘Painting Dear’, which similarly to many of his tracks have a kind of fragility about them that you’d see in the likes of Jack Steadman whilst lyrically resembling heartbroken poetry.


Keaton Henson is definitely a man to watch over the next few months, even if it is from a perceived projection. We’re assured he’s somewhere in the building.

Keaton Henson’s debut album ‘Dear…’ was released this past Monday on Rough Trade. New single ‘Small Hands’ (promo video below) will be released on the 16th of April.


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[…] It’s hard to explain a live setting such as the one I encountered with Fraser and Rob/Hairy Mouth the other week. Nonetheless, here’s my attempt of talking about the shy-rising star, Keaton Henson. Click the image below or HERE! […]

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