KEELEY FORSYTH
Keeley Forsyth
BUY / LISTEN
Leaf Shop
Amazon UK
Amazon US
iTunes UK
iTunes US


BIOGRAPHY

Keeley Forsyth is a composer, singer and actor from Oldham in the north-west of England.

Built upon sparse arrangements, Forsyth’s music is centred around a singular, emotionally raw and magnetic vocal delivery, by turns devastating and uplifting. The characters who populate her songs tell stories of the high and low tides; of freedom and entrapment, of hard-won triumphs and the darker corners of domestic life.

Debut album Debris was released in January 2020 via The Leaf Label. Written in collaboration with pianist and composer Matthew Bourne, it’s an intimate document of personal change, an outpouring of candid, haunting lyrics detailing the seismic ruptures which take place behind closed doors. It was accompanied by videos directed by Maxine Peake and Andrew Hulme. The critical response to Debris was unanimously positive, with The Sunday Times declaring it “one of the most remarkable [albums] in years” and The Guardian describing it as “a shivery descendent of Scott Walker’s Tilt, a more unsettling older sister of Aldous Harding’s Designer”.

Debris was followed up with the Photograph EP in November 2020, which continued Forsyth’s fruitful working relationship with Matthew Bourne, and brought Trestle Records’ Ross Downes into the fray.

New album Limbs will be released on February 25 2022. Where Debris was composed and recorded in close proximity to instrumentalist and arranger Matthew Bourne, Limbs deploys a more expansive palette. With Forsyth at the centre, collaborator Ross Downes acts as another limb, remotely producing the pulses and drones which feed back into the voice. Bourne this time is enlisted to “Bring some of the soil of Debris” into Limbs. The result is clearer and more spacious.

On Debris:

“[Forsyth’s] album Debris is one of the most remarkable in years”
The Sunday Times

“Debris is an astonishing debut, not just for the power of the songs, but for the journey they trace”
8/10 Uncut

“A shivery descendent of Scott Walker’s Tilt, a more unsettling older sister of Aldous Harding’s Designer
The Guardian

“This deeply melancholic brand of haunting, sparse folk is as intoxicating as it is unsettling”
4/5 Q

“An arid and beautiful debut”
7.6 Pitchfork

“Reminiscent of Nico, or Karen Dalton, Beth Gibbons at the edges - leaving the deepest impression”
4/5 Mojo

“This really is breathtakingly good”
Electronic Sound

“Melancholic, contemplative and deeply devastating… If more debuts in 2020 are this good it’ll be a fine year”
8/10 Loud & Quiet

“Otherworldly: think Karen Dalton, Nico or Anohni”
8/10 Long Live Vinyl

“A brooding, melancholic listen”
the Quietus

“It may be only January, but Debris gives the overwhelming impression that one of the defining releases of 2020 may already be upon us”
9/10 Music OMH

Debris can join Nick Cave’s last two albums as the soundtrack to your loneliest moments, the hand you will want to grasp when you come apart, a voice that will touch your sadness and change your world tonight”
9/10 God Is In The TV


ALBUMS


EPS


Bookmark and Share
FACEBOOK TWITTER SPOTIFY

OFFICIAL SITE
http://www.keeleyforsyth.com

NEWS

OTHER
Bandcamp

LIVE
Sat 2 Jul 2022: 'Bog Body', Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, UK
Sat 23 Jul 2022: Visions Festival, London, UK
Sun 24 Jul 2022: Blue Dot Festival, Cheshire, UK
Thu 18 Aug 2022: Green Man Festival, Brecon Beacons, UK
Fri 28 Oct 2022: Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal, UK
Sat 29 Oct 2022: Attenborough Centre, Brighton, UK
Sat 12 Nov 2022: Le Guess Who?, Utrecht, NETHERLANDS

LIVE ARCHIVE
View previous performances