BEN WATT+ KEELEY FORSYTH

Across four decades Ben Watt has maintained a committed forward-looking course, from the ardent echo-drenched folk of his early solo work with Robert Wyatt, through seventeen years as musical mainspring and co-lyricist in the best-selling Everything But The Girl with Tracey Thorn – and ten at the helm of his smart electronic label Buzzin’ Fly – to his recent moving non-fiction and mid-life solo albums, the award-winning ‘Hendra’ (2014) and ‘Fever Dream’ (2016).

New album ‘Storm Damage’ (out January 2020) is no exception. Sonically adventurous, lyrically detailed and engaged, the album – written and produced by Watt – is a personal journey through anxiety and change cut through with an insistent defiance.

Sonically the album forgoes the acclaimed twin-guitar approach of its two predecessors, and boldly shifts focus onto – in Watt’s words – “a future-retro trio” of upright piano, double bass and hybrid acoustic electronic drums, set against a half-lit backdrop of lone analogue synths, spiralling echo spins and impressionistic ‘found sounds’ adapted from online public-domain recording archives.

“I wanted a timeless-meets-modern live jam – the directness of an adorned trio capturing the spirit; and the samples, synthetics and electronic boom capturing the psychological mood,” he says. “Tight, but allowed to slip its moorings.”

Expect songs, improvisation and stories from across his career as Watt performs with his current band.

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Watch the official music video for ‘Balanced On A Wire’ below:


The songs comprising Keeley Forsyth’s debut, an intimate document of personal change, are, she states simply, “like blocks of metal that drop from the sky.” The image’s severity is indicative of the album which provoked it.

With its minimal arrangements placing her recollections and dissections of sometimes harrowing experiences front and centre, Debrisshowcasesher elemental voice and an outpouring of candid, haunting lyrics detailing the seismic ruptures which take place 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, and while the creation of music has been a constant feature in her life, she’s taken the long road to its release.

A deeply intuitive and singular musician, she began writing several years ago, accompanying herself on harmonium and accordion but reveals that “I never really acknowledged that I was making music. It was just something I did that was a bit more private.”

Watch the official music video for ‘Debris’ here: