Album: Keaton Henson, Dear... (Oak Ten)

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Another young singer-songwriter, another break-up album – though unlike For Emma... the cause of Henson's sorrow remains nameless.

Henson shuns publicity, suffers panic attacks and refuses to play conventional gigs. Turns out he is a "visual artist [whose] music was never intended to be heard", let alone playlisted on Radio 1. Bon Iver is the obvious reference, though further listens reveal an angry-but-polite Britishness that is both gently gripping and strangely sinister.