Bog Body explores the ancient ritualistic role, and environmental importance, of peat bogs.
A powerful, innovative, audio-visual performance piece crafted around the drama of Forsyth’s voice in collaboration with composer Ross Downes.
Keeley Forsyth is a composer, singer and actor from Oldham in the north-west of England. Built upon sparse arrangements, Forsyth’s music is centred around a singular, emotionally raw and magnetic vocal delivery, by turns devastating and uplifting.
Commissioned by Sound UK.
About Keeley Forsyth:
Keeley Forsyth’s debut album Debris was released January 2020 via The Leaf Label. Written in collaboration with pianist and composer Matthew Bourne. The critical response was unanimously positive, with The Sunday Times declaring it “one of the most remarkable albums in years” and The Guardian describing it as “a shivery descendent of Scott Walker’s Tilt, a more unsettling older sister of Aldous Harding’s Designer”.
February 2022 saw the release of her second LP titled Limbs which she produced and wrote with Ross Downes and once again featured Matthew Bourne. “Keeley Forsyth returns with another uniquely powerful album. Sharing some tonal similarities with the recent explorations of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, it’s a sparse and stark record but also tender, poignant and potent.” 9/10 UNCUT.
About Ross Downes:
Ross Downes is a British musician and fine artist who composes darkly ambient, electronic, instrumental music. His recordings are filmic meditations combining atmospheric sound design with influences from ambient, minimal, industrial and contemporary classical music.
In the last few years Downes has collaborated with artists on large exhibitions, namely Laure Prouvost’s installation Cockatoo Island at the Biennale of Sydney, Res-o-nant at the Jewish Museum, Berlin with Mischa Kabul and Signal at the Museum Slaskie, Poland in collaboration with Cologne based artist Sebastian Freytag. His last LP of electronic instrumentals, Stacked Up At Zero is available from Trestle Records.