RIP Trish Keenan

Jan 14 2011 Published by under Music, Obituary, Personal

The announcement came from Warp:

It is with great sadness we announce that Trish Keenan from Broadcast passed away at 9am this morning in hospital. She died from complications with pneumonia after battling the illness for two weeks in intensive care.

Our thoughts go out to James, Martin, her friends and her family and we request that the public respect their wishes for privacy at this time.

This is an untimely tragic loss and we will miss Trish dearly – a unique voice, an extraordinary talent and a beautiful human being. Rest in Peace.

In trying to process this news, I’m reminded of how seminal Broadcast’s music is to me today.  When I create music, I seek to capture the playful, eerie, haunting qualities that make their work so distinct (the answer is always: not even close).  When I seek out new music, I always look for artists who possess these Broadcast-like qualities.  But there is no other Broadcast, and there is no other Trish Keenan–an incredible voice that grounds Broadcast’s music so that it can go in every direction at once and still make sense.  I will miss that voice.

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