BEN HOWARD – ” Collections From The Whiteout “

Posted: March 26, 2021 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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“Collections From The Whiteout” is a big return from our fellow South Westerner, Ben Howard. Produced alongside Aaron Dessner, it’s a very different beast to his earlier work. His voice and songs are part of something broader instead of being the main event. Dense, pretty and sonically interesting.

Produced alongside Aaron Dessner (The National, Sharon Van Etten, Taylor Swift), Collections From The Whiteout heralds the first time Ben has opened the door to production outside of he and his bands closer confines. The foreboding darkness that coated Ben’s second record I Forget Where We Were and thinly veiled its follow up Noonday Dream, isn’t so evident on Collections.. These are songs written from headlines scanned, or news stories scrolled past. Ben has taken those snippets and let his curiosity take control, creating an aural scrapbook that reverberates with tape loops and guitar FXs. 

Ben Howard has shared his latest single “Sorry Kid” from his forthcoming album. “Sorry Kid” joins previously released tracks “What A Day,” “Follies Fixture,” “Crowhurst’s Meme” and “Far Out” as the final preview of the album Howard has offered to fans ahead of its release. Like “Crowhurst’s Meme,” “Sorry Kid” was inspired by an elaborate and interesting true story. The song is loosely built around the narrative of Anna Sorokin. The German woman, born in Russia, is best known for her stint posing as a billionaire heiress under the moniker Anna Delvey. Sorokin was later convicted for numerous counts of fraud-related crimes in America. Take the cash and all the jewels,” Howard sings over the song’s punching beat. “The world was made for only you.”

The door was also left open to some new players too. Yussef Dayes, one of the UK’s most innovative young drummer/producer’ especially in the field of jazz features, as does Kate Stables from This Is The Kit, James Krivchenia from Big Thief, Kyle Keegan from Hiss Golden Messenger, and the aforementioned Aaron Dessner lent his hand too where needed. Long-term guitarist to Ben’s band, Mickey Smith, remains a reassuring presence. Rob Moose, a long-standing arranger of strings for Bon Iver and a collaborator to Laura Marling, Blake Mills, and Phoebe Bridgers is also present, peppering the mix.

The Devon singer-songwriter is said to have based a number of songs on the “Collections From The Whiteout” around stories he came across in the news while taking creative liberties to expand and explore the worlds within those narratives. Through the creation of new characters and details in his lyricism, the British musician adds a fresh perspective to moments in history.

“Shunning the faux authenticity of many of his bigger-selling pop contemporaries, Ben Howard has spent a decade pursuing music that blends a legitimate passion for folk tradition with inventive sonic flavors,” 

+ Indie exclusive is pressed on transparent vinyl housed in gatefold + plain unprinted bag + SOV download code + standard gloss dispersion.

The album, which arrives on March 26th, also features the previously released tracks ‘What A Day’ and ‘Crowhurst’s Meme.’ Ben Howard Music Limited, under exclusive licence to Island Records, a division of Universal Music Operations Ltd.

Ben Howard Sorry Kid

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