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Keaton Henson

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Two blogs in one week! This never happens. Keaton Henson is an artist I can’t stop listening to, his old stuff, his new stuff – all of the stuff. It’s beautiful and I’m obsessed with it in the best way. The way I am with people like Angel Olsen and Sufjan Stevens. The way I used to be with albums on my walkman that I’d have on over and over. It makes you feel.

I first heard ‘Alright’, about someone left behind when their love is on tour and anxiety. It’s incredibly real and heartbreaking.

I also discovered he does all this cool art, I found the above on the internet.

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Monumental

Last night I went to see Godspeed You! Black Emperor collaborate with a dance company at the Edinburgh International Festival. I love the band and have wanted to see them live for a long time, there’s is the kind of music that moves you. The dancers stood on blocks and threw themselves around – rapidly, beautifully, uncomfortably. It was the kind of moment that makes you so grateful people defy instincts of convention and make art. It made me feel alive.

If you are anywhere near Edinburgh today I can’t recommend seeing it highly enough. Otherwise Godspeed.

Why I still love Frightened Rabbit

I’m sitting on the bus listening to the (relatively new) Frightened Rabbit album, thinking about how I much I love this band. It’s not that they produce the best music I’ve ever heard, or even that they are my favourite band to come out of Scotland, it’s that I’ve grown with them. When I couldn’t find my way I needed the early, miserable tunes.  They made me feel like it was normal to be lost. When I was sad I needed the joyousness of their anthems. I understood the songs about disillusionment, about being hurt, about the emptiness of one night stands. And I loved them. They made me feel like it was ok. We need more of that in the world.

Now, this new album, it’s still full of it all: all the hurt, all the hope. There will always be glimmers of happiness and there will always be moments of struggle. This band embraces it, reflects the essential imperfections. And all of us just keep on keeping on.

Some songs…