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Keeley Forsyth battles invisible forces on the hair-raising “Horse”, announces new album

British songwriter Keeley Forsyth will release a new album called The Hollow on May 10 through FatCat imprint 130701. She has previewed it with the lead single “Horse”, saying:

“With this track, I roamed, capturing vocals in different spaces, forging a connection as I sang. I imagined battling against an invisible force, facing down challenges, pressing on, determined to breathe in this. I chose to refuse to be shackled by the chains of language here, surrendering instead to the primal dance of my body’s urges. My mouth moves in sync with the shallow breaths of my gut, and impulse guiding my every wordless utterance.”

Just as she roamed to record the vocals, you can imagine her roaming around her mind, struggling to beat back the pervading darkness that looms over “Horse”. It maintains her usual funereal approach but Forsyth has emboldened it with grandiose organ, creaking upright brass, layers of interwoven nonsense vocals and much more. It makes her hair raising musical storytelling even more captivating and unsettling than ever before.

Watch the video for “Horse” below or find the song on streamers.

Keeley Forsyth’s new album The Hollow is out on May 10 through 130701 (pre-order). Find Keeley Forsyth on Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Live dates:

6 Apr – The Hague, NL @ Rewire Festival
27 Apr – Bristol @ Lantern Hall, Bristol New Music
23 May – London @ Institute of Contemporary Arts