Broadcast's Trish Keenan makes posthumous appearance

Prefuse 73's forthcoming album of female vocalists features late singer alongside Zola Jesus, Shara Worden and others

Broadcast's late singer, Trish Keenan, appears on a new album by Prefuse 73. Keenan recorded vocals for the LP before contracting a sudden illness in late December. She died on 14 January.

Due on 26 April, The Only She Chapters is the eighth album by US electronic artist Prefuse 73, aka Guillermo Scott Herren. "Foregrounding and exploring the idea of the feminine," it features guest vocals not just by Keenan, but also Zola Jesus, My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden, and Blank Blue's Niki Randa. Though Herren previously mentioned recording a track with Dirty Projectors' Angel Deradoorian, that song has not made the final cut.

"This record is a weird one for me," Herren said. "The process features women vocalists and the music was recorded very differently from how I normally work." While Prefuse 73 has been celebrated for his cut-up electronica, this new album came out of a "strange fascination/obsession [with] contact microphones". It was "the most exhausting of all of my records I've released in my 'career,'" Herren wrote on MySpace, and "literally has kept me on lockdown from most the world ... This can be seen as a departure from other albums, but it's not a departure intended to leave people feeling alienated or baffled. It's just a different way to interpret my music and it's an open invitation for anyone that wants to listen."

Fans can take up Herren's invitation by listening to an album sampler here. Herren will shortly announce a tour with chillwave star Oneohtrix Point Never.


Sean Michaels

The GuardianTramp

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