Keeley Forsyth

Debris

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The songs comprimising Keeley Forsyth’s debut, are, she states simply, “like blocks of metal that drop from the sky”. Minimal arrangements place that elemental voice front and centre. Nerves are quietly frayed over its running time; an intimate document of personal change, we’re held in limbo until the final note is left to ring. Debris explores the darker corners of domestic life, balancing the need to create with the responsibilities that come with a family, a partner and a career. Seismic ruptures behind closed doors. “There was a lot going on in my life that was heavy and hard,” she adds. “Songs were made under that moment.”

Born and raised in Oldham in the north-west of England, Forsyth first made her name as an actor. Her enigmatic voice is so indelible even she is sometimes provoked to refer to it as a third person, like the characters she’s inhabited as an actor, this time populating songs sharing tales of the high and low tides, of freedom and entrapment, and of hard-won triumphs. “They’ve been in my mind for a while,” she concludes. “I have sung them to my children, and at home alone, and making this album has been an opportunity for me to discover the voice and being who sings these songs. It has changed me, and will continue to. I recognise my life again.”

With sparse arrangements by pianist and composer Matthew Bourne and producer Sam Hobbs, Keeley Forsyth’s music is centred around a singular, emotionally raw and magnetic vocal delivery

The first single ‘Debris’ is accompanied by an evocative video directed by Maxine Peake.Maxine also gave ‘Debris’ its first radio play on BBC 6 Music Early support from Mary Anne Hobbs, John Doran, Laura Barton, Stuart Maconie and Late Junction A second single and video will be released ahead of the album

TRACK LISTING

A1. Debris
A2. Black Bull
A3. It’s Raining
A4. Look To Yourself
B1. Lost
B2. Butterfly
B3. Large Oak
B4. Start Again

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