Fragments EP was made as a companion piece to last year’s Monument LP, written and recorded at the same time. Whilst the lyrical themes and subjects may stray from Monument’s poignant subject matter, in its sound and atmosphere, it feels suitably entwined. 

The eight tracks that form the EP orbit a sweeping kaleidoscope of sonic shapes, shades and textures. Keaton’s voice offers lyrics in an almost frozen romanticism. It’s a voice that sounds rooted in turmoil but also of strength. A happy sadness. Bleakly beautiful.

Before Growing Old, Limb, and No Love Lost are fine examples of that vocal prowess and its mournful tenderness. Thematically, it’s a record with no linear message, albeit touching on the processes of ageing and a grapple with, or understanding, of one’s own self-worth.

Julien Baker shares a mic on Marionette. A songwriter of due reverence herself, Baker and Keaton share an affinity with the power of hushed words, fizzing melodies, and an innate wisdom.

Fragments EP and Monument are two fine bodies of work by this singular, unique British artist, and two empathetic records of sorrow and strength. 

27th August 2021