Collections From The Whiteout Ben Howard

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Album-Release:
2021

HRA-Release:
26.03.2021

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  • 1Follies Fixture03:59
  • 2What A Day05:16
  • 3Crowhurst's Meme03:44
  • 4Finders Keepers02:49
  • 5Far Out04:18
  • 6Rookery02:31
  • 7You Have Your Way04:25
  • 8Sage That She Was Burning04:17
  • 9Sorry Kid04:59
  • 10Unfurling03:40
  • 11Metaphysical Cantations04:21
  • 12Make Arrangements04:25
  • 13The Strange Last Flight of Richard Russell04:23
  • 14Buzzard00:55
  • 15What A Day (Edit)04:19
  • 16Sorry Kid (Edit)04:08
  • Total Runtime01:02:29

Info for Collections From The Whiteout



Der 2fache Brit Award- und Ivor Novello-Award Gewinner Ben Howard meldet sich mit der ersten Single aus seinem 4. Studioalbum zurück. "What A Day" heißt der erste Vorgeschmack auf "Collections From The Whiteout", das im März erscheint. Produziert wurde das neue Album von Aaron Dessner (The National, Sharon Van Etten, Taylor Swift).

Inhaltlich entfernt sich „Collections From The Whiteout“ ein Stück von der Nabelschau des Vorgängers „Noonday Dream“, indem es persönlichen Episoden aus den letzten Jahren mit kuriosen, wahren Geschichten verwebt, aus denen der Musiker Inspiration zog – etwa die von Richard Russell, der in Seattle ein Flugzeug stahl und zum Absturz brachte.

Aaron Dessner von The National sorgte als Produzent dafür, dass Howards vielschichtige Soundideen immer einen strukturellen Rahmen haben, innerhalb dessen sie aber in alle Richtungen fließen können. Der Engländer holte sich noch weiter musikalische Partner hinzu, von denen vor allem Yussef Dayes hervorzuheben ist, der mit seinem jazzigen Schlagzeugspiel den Songs rhythmische Spannung verleiht.

Howard experimentiert mit Tape Loops und den vielfachen Effekten von Gitarren-Pedalboards, fügt Klavier, Synthesizer, elektronische Texturen und klappernde, raschelnde Geräusche hinzu, die sich alle zu eher minimalistischem, trippigem Elektro-Songwriter-Folk fügen. Das luftige „What A Day“ fühlt sich an wie das große Aufatmen der Natur nach einem langen Winter, „Crowhurst’s Meme“ setzt mit metallischem Klirren und verzerrten Gitarren den Kontrapunkt direkt dahinter. Die dissonante Eröffnung von „Sage That She Was Burning“ lässt an Radioheads „Kid A“ denken, bekommt aber eine parallelen Erzählstrang als zarte Ballade. „The Strange Last Flight…“ inkorporiert Brian Enos Ambient in eine ausgetüftelte Komposition.

Die simple Schönheit eines Akustikgitarrenstücks („Rookery“) gönnt sich Ben Howard dennoch. „Oh look at me, the definition of futility“, singt er dabei. Und nur hier möchte man ihm widersprechen.

Ben Howard


Ben Howard
(born 24 April 1987) is an English singer-songwriter, born in London. He moved to Totnes, Devon, in his teens. Howard's musically-inclined parents exposed him at a young age to their favourite records from singer-songwriter artists such as Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and John Martyn. Howard began writing his own songs and after a short spell studying journalism, he decided in 2009 at the age of 21 to become a full-time musician. After building up a reputation with his gigs across the UK, Howard was eventually asked to sign to Island Records. His first album, Every Kingdom, was released on October 3, 2011 and debuted at #7 on the UK album chart. He is characterised by his odd way of guitar playing. He has toured with Australian artist Xavier Rudd. From Howard's MySpace 'I was brought up in Totnes, South Devon, neatly nestled between the moors and the sea. I travel lots, surf when I can, probably drink too much, definitely think too much, and at 22 still make irrational choices. I like the outdoors and the Autumn. I’m happiest at home with friends, and my favourite fruit would have to be a pear. Musically I started playing and writing as a kid and it’s maybe the one thing that’s never changed. Mum was a big listener to all the greats- the likes of John Martyn, Joni Mitchell, The Rolling Stones, Simon and Garfunkel, Donovan etc so that’s played a big part in my life (Dad was more of a Yes and Pink Floyd man). Our tape collection is pretty good:) More recently I dropped out of University to play music full time and it’s been pretty funny so far. I’ve been really fortunate to support some artists I really admire.. I went to Europe with Xavier Rudd back in December 08, shared a stage with Brett Dennen this spring, and have been playing a few dates around Europe with Fink this summer. So I thought I’d leave it at that really. Keep it short. Really hope you all enjoy the tunes on here.. Much love from Devon, Ben.'

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