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Figures

by Keyth Lawrence and the Purple Circle

Piano-driven art pop/rock sound, with a character-driven, storied, style of songwriting...and an emotive voice that tells it, a la Coldplay, Tori Amos, Rufus Wainwright
Genre: Pop: Piano
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2. Figures
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3. Lead Balloons
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4. 89 of You
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5. Skylar's Ride
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6. Leaving
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7. Mission
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8. Here, In Theory
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9. Another Evening
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
** 2005 Outmusic Award Nominee **
Outstanding Debut Recording - Male

Keyth Lawrence, the powerful song force hailing from Manhattan spins his yarns through his life-long love of the piano. Keyth has been accompanied by his instrument, and talent for playing it since he was 7 years-old. "Before I could really even add numbers together, I knew I wanted to perform," says Keyth. "I had it all figured out at 6 years-old. In my head, I was destined to become a clown or a magician. A year later, the piano was rolled into the living room and the musician in my heart came alive." After a listen to his body of work, one might agree that there is still a bit of magic involved.

After gigging extensively as a solo artist in popular New York City cabaret venues such as Don't Tell Mama, The Duplex, and other intimate spaces, he logically began bringing other musicians onto the stage with him until he formed what has become Keyth Lawrence and the Purple Circle. The now 5 - member ensemble puts on high energy rock shows with tailored storytelling capabilities throughout New York City. The Purple Circle is an inclusive metaphor for the unity of the band and the unity fans have to the music they play, and to the stories Keyth shares. "The Purple Circle started as a personal and artistic sacred space. It continues to maintain that quality, but has evolved into something much bigger," says Keyth. "It is now something that expands to include the energy and experience of the audience."

Keyth's most defining artistic traits include a character-driven, storied style of songwriting, an acrobatic and emotive voice that tells it, and a classically-inspired, powerhouse style of piano playing that falls somewhere between Chopin and Jerry Lee Lewis. With a brave and dramatic style reminiscent of The Cure, Keyth also maintains a solid passion for the piano, like that of more recent artists including Rufus Wainwright and Coldplay. The instrument is what "makes the music physical, tactile, visceral- it has always saddened me that the piano has been lost over the years as the nucleus of music," Keyth says.

Candid songwriting that reveals unexpected truths- think Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Bowie, Tori Amos- a fusion of prophet and bard, equal parts soul searcher and dramatic performer. With a unique vocal styling, Keyth sings against melody, beyond measure, and outside borders. Phrasing that mimics the rhythm of the human breath lends a vulnerability to the songs. Songs are rarely sung the same way twice. "Songs are like children," Keyth says. "You nurture them and they grow. They surprise you and begin to take on a life of their own." His songbook makes border raids on every conceivable emotion, soaring from a riotous rock-rolling peak to an audio adagio.

Currently promoting Figures, the 12 track musical novel that promises to be his pivotal break-through record, Keyth Lawrence and the Purple Circle have been capturing audiences at renowned New York City venues including Fez, Knitting Factory and the Cutting Room. Figures was recorded live at Chung King Studios in NYC in one 9-hour session, "so as to preserve a very specific synergy," explains Keyth. "The original intent of a record was to capture a live experience, so tracking the individual instruments was just never an option for this work."

The album, following a sold-out release concert at NYC's FEZ, zoomed to #1 on the Outvoice Top 40 Chart and was named Best Album of 2004 by The Stonewall Society. This was supported by rave reviews from publications such as Frontiers (LA), Philadelphia Gay News, PM Entertainment (NY), HX Magazine (NY), and Indie-Music.com. In addition to the overall success of the CD, the first single off the album, "Leaving," has been receiving national airplay and was recently recognized by the International Songwriting Contest. Keyth will also have the privilege of performing at the Tori Amos Tribute / RAINN Benefit in North Carolina this year for the sceond time. FIGURES was recently named one of the Best Albums of 2004 by Gaywired.com.


***** www.keythlawrence.com ********

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IndieMuisc.com / Jennifer Layton

"Lawrence has a dashing sophistication and strong appreciation for good old-fash
"Lawrence has a dashing sophistication and strong appreciation for good old-fashioned sounds made on good old-fashioned instruments."

Imagine Marc Almond composing a rock opera on piano. Imagine REM's Michael Stipe with a deeper and richer voice, minus the nasal sound. Wrap those images in a warm, flowing tapestry of classical jazz pop, and you have something like a gothic-flavored Harry Connick Jr. Or, you get Keyth Lawrence and the Purple Circle, which is even better.

I always swoon for lush compositions with dancing melodies, so I am wonderfully helpless over Lawrence. He has a dashing sophistication and strong appreciation for good old-fashioned sounds made on good old-fashioned instruments. And the guy can write a lyric. From "Lead Balloons":

"The soldiers get used to giving beyond a vanilla edge
I hold my spirit so it won't break inside this snow globe
This story is going over just like lead balloons
My fire decided to die before I got to you ... "

Surprising, that's an uptempo track. From there, he throws in a bit of swing and Broadway on "89 of You" and a dark ominousness over "Skylar's Ride." "Weird Science" is a romp in intellectual, and often sexy, pop fun. (I love the line "I'm gonna keep the summer around because I know that the sex is in season.") Each track is divine.

I also must thank Ryan Michael Kelly for such gorgeous cover photography, which does perfect justice to the music inside. Mr. Kelly, if you ever sell a poster-sized version of the back cover, the one with the glorious aurora borealis cascading over the piano, I will buy a copy for my living room.
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Boshy Juice

I LOVE IT
its sooo good it makes me feel warm in my hot spots, and cold in my cool spots.
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Marilyn's Nine Inch Nail

Close your eyes, take a ride....
If it don't make sense yet, it will...This album is best experienced when you got time to close your eyes and enjoy a glass of wine (or three). When I hear the cd in full, I feel like a story is being told, but Im only now just learning what the plot is....If your not really big into lyrics, you don't have to be, the piano melodies and the drums/ percussions are sweeeeet to the ear. Ever since I got this cd I've been telling everyone to get it.
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Smother.net (J-Sin)

The production is fantastic and completely vanilla smooth.
Keyth Lawrence plays a sick piano with an ability to conjure forth the demons and emotions that less talented pianists would struggle with. Separating the twelve tracks into the “Northern Hemisphere” and the “Southern Hemisphere” adds an element of art rock to their sound. One could easily pick out tunes that could complement a Tori Amos, Rufus Wainwright, or even Coldplay album. The production is fantastic and completely vanilla smooth.

- J-Sin
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RoxThatBlox

And who woulda thought....it FIGURES
addictive and awesome, gentle and disturbing, meaningful yet confusing...I want everyone I know to own this album so we can talk about it together!!!
Love LOVE LOVE Another Evening.......
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Jack

WOW, I was pleasantly surprised, Hard to believe it is his first CD
If a couple of these songs don't become a hit I'll be very surprised. I wonder when the second CD will be released.
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Peter Suarez

Great album by a great performer!
This is gonna be short and sweet...........this album is incredible!
Tender moments, heart-felt vocals and beautiful piano playing!
I picked the flyer for this album up in a toilet in NYC, and thank goodness I did, it is a beauty.............BUY IT!!
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Daniel Jenkins, Outvoice.net

Number One Album on Outvoice Top 40 Charts: It "Figures"
Keyth Lawrence's powerful piano playing and art rock songs have the critics raving in this pre-release officially due out in June.

Manhattan's Lawrence and his new group, The Purple Circle, create rich layered music carrying stories on the wind.

The Purple Circle is a metaphor for the unity between the musicians and the fans who listen to their songs.

"The Purple Circle started as a personal and artistic sacred space. It continues to maintain that quality, but has evolved into something much bigger," says Keyth. "It is now something that expands to include the energy and experience of the audience."

"Songs are like children," he says. "You nuture them and they grow. They surprise you and begin to take on a life of their own."

Lawrence's "children" soar to amazing heights and take the listener on a fantastic ride.

Hop on the Purple Circle and take a few spins... your mind will thank you.
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Circle Of Ribs

Classical and Funky at the same time...
I have been a fan of the likes of Tori Amos and Ben Folds Five for quite a few years now so its no surprise that I would find this cd easy to listen to. What really gets me about this is cd is that this guy is classically trained in piano yet he really knows how to rock out on Mission and Leaving. I almost cried the first time I heard Figures, especially in the part where he says "it ain't easy being easy". Get this album now you wont be disappointed! I cant wait to see this guy live in concert.
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Tracy

Awesome
This is CD is the best I have bought yet. I can't stop listening to it!
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