Ben Ottewell has announced the release of new album A Man Apart and new single Watcher released on 25th May, both through Sunday Best.
As a singer and lead guitarist in rock band Gomez, Ben Ottewell is well known for his unmistakable voice and talent for blistering and inspired guitar solos. Rolling Stone declared, “Gomez’s not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell.” And as GQ Magazine once wrote and anyone listening can attest, his voice is not of this world.”
With an avid following from the days in his former band Gomez, A Man Apart is singer/songwriter Ben Ottewell’s third solo offering and follows his albums Shapes and Shadows and Rattlebag. The album is a record that crosses musical genres such as Americana, blues and folk backed by Ben’s unmistakable gutsy and gravelly voice. Co-written with childhood friend and former Tunng member, Sam Genders, the album was recorded in Los Angeles and Sheffield and engineered and produced in the latter by Martin Smith (Richard Hawley).
A Man Apart delves into such relevant subjects as love and relationships, fame and politics. The album’s title track focuses on populist politicians exploiting people’s hopes and fears, with Bones touching on the realisation of not being worthy of someone, and opener Own It, sees Ben reflect on his time growing up in public in Gomez. New single Watcher is the perfect introduction to the album and despite its pensive meaning, is a melodic Americana led track that builds into a memorable bluesy and soulful chorus. A video for the track will be premiering soon.
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Candles specialise in a haunted folk music, alternating between mythic storytelling and enigmatic vignettes.
“… like Unicorn-era Tyrannosaurus Rex (on the ragged yet intricate “Two Roses”); solo-years Syd Barrett (for the fragmented spookiness of “Tidal Talker” and “Empty House Wandering”); The Incredible String Band (with the wiry buzzy “Variations”); and early-James Yorkston (within the standout radiance of the “Mountains Call”). But there are also inhalations from the Americana-meets-avant-folk world inhabited by Six Organs Of Admittance (“Mexico City”) and Wooden Wand (“Sleepstone”) as well as nods to the frayed dark fragility of Australia’s Lower Plenty (“Stone/Water”).” DOA
Debut LP available here: https://weirdwalk.bandcamp.com/releases