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SOUND BITES

Stepping out of their comfort zone

Folk troubadour Keaton Henson and indie rocker Hamilton Leithauser surprise in their albums

Published on Jul 3, 2014 11:22 AM
 

Some singers come to life onstage, fed on adoration; others nestle in the anonymity of seclusion.

News that the reclusive Kate Bush will tour next month for the first time since her only tour in 1979 sparked a reaction reserved for the truly legendary: All 22 dates of her live shows in London's Hammersmith Apollo sold out in - get this - less than 15 minutes.

She may have another successor in the cult department: Keaton Henson may be young - the scraggly Londoner is only 26 - but already, the musician-visual arist-poet has earned a reputation for being extraordinarily gifted and tortured.

Kiwi-shy (he rarely grants interviews), he suffers from stage fright, even as followers hang at his tremulous, angel- silencing croon and lyrical turns of phrase.

 
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