Broadcast frontwoman Trish Keenan dies

U.K. electro-pop singer suffered from pneumonia

Trish Keenan, singer and frontwoman for British indie electro-pop band Broadcast, died on Friday of complications from pneumonia. She was 42.

In a statement, Broadcast’s label Warp Records revealed that Keenan had been battling pneumonia for two weeks prior to her death. According to the BBC, the band had been touring in Australia and Singapore previously, where it is believed Keenan may have contracted the H1N1 virus.

A founding member of Broadcast (formed in 1995 in Birmingham, England), Keenan worked mostly in partnership with bassist James Cargill, and the two remained the core of the band through various lineup changes. Known for its psychedelic sonics and Keenan’s gentle, affectless vocals, the band spent most of its career on Warp, releasing four full-lengths and numerous EPs and compilations for the label.

Though it was never a notable chart presence (Broadcast’s 2003 record “Haha Sound” peaked at No. 8 on the electronic album charts, and No. 50 on the indie charts), the band consistently attracted favorable notices, especially for minimalist 2005 album “Tender Buttons,” and were invited by “Simpsons” creator Matt Groening to perform at last year’s edition of Britain’s All Tomorrow’s Parties fest. The band’s music was also featured in such films as “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” and “Donkey Punch,” and on Showtime series “The L Word.”

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