Keaton Henson shares a poignant, stripped back version of his recent single ‘Husk’ recorded exclusively for the Syndey Opera House Digital Season

signed to Play It Again Sam ⇥ PUBLISHED ON 6 October, 2020

Sydney Opera House has shared an exclusive, intimate version of Keaton Henson’s recent single ‘Husk’ for their Digital Season. The track is pulled from Henson’s forthcoming LP Monument which will be out Friday, October 23 on Play It Again Sam. 

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Recorded in Henson’s woodshed, this stripped back look at the song shares an extra layer of intimacy to the deeply personal song. Henson described the track as being about “waking up and realising that you’ve aged. That time, the traitor, has taken from you your best years, the ones where your bones didn’t ache and you could make it through the day without questioning existence.” 


Henson spent three years writing a complex but thoroughly satisfying symphony Six Lethargies which was performed by an orchestra courtesy of Opera Australia as part of Vivid LIVE 2019 and will be shared alongside the ‘Husk’ video this weekend. The exhaustive project examined Henson’s own struggles with anxiety and was divided into six distinct parts, all representing different, chronological stages and manifestations of trauma as Henson understands them. This truly remarkable project is where Sydney Opera House and Keaton Henson’s mutual appreciation began, it continues now with ‘Husk’. 

Keaton Henson’s new album Monument is a rare thing. It is an album about loss, and dealing with losing the ones we love, but told, in incredibly candid detail, through the aspects of our lives that surround the trauma itself, about love, ageing, recovery, life, seen through the prism of grief.


‘Monument’ by Keaton Henson is out October, 23 on Play It Again Sam.

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