All About the Benjamins

Posted: December 6, 2016 in Indie, New Music
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I tend to go through a lot of phases with music. I get fixated on a certain genre/style, and spend months absorbing as much as I can. I hunt for more music that makes me feel that same feeling, because I can’t get enough. I experienced this phenomenon when I first came across these 2 lovely gentlemen.

Benjamin Francis Leftwich

A young bloke from the UK who gently fell on the scene in 2010 with his debut 4-track EP, A Million Miles Out. The Pictures EP soon followed in early 2011, and his debut studio album Last Smoke Before the Snowstorm later in 2011. There’s something about the simplicity of a guy and his acoustic guitar. It’s real, it’s vulnerable, and it makes everyone around swoon. With tracks like “Atlas Hands” and “Pictures,” Leftwich’s music really gets under your skin, in the most soothing way possible. His 2016 release, After the Rain feels like an extension of Last Smoke, as evidenced on “Tilikum” (which can be a good or bad thing, depending on how you look at it.) What is certain though, is it’s near impossible to resist Leftwich’s pull on your heart strings.

 

Benjamin Howard (aka Ben Howard)

Yet another young bloke from the UK, this Benjamin prefers to go by simply, Ben. Howard’s sound is sweet, stripped-down, with hues of folk. His first album, 2011’s Every Kingdom professed his feelings of love, to an optimistic tune. Tracks like “Keep Your Head Up” are musical and upbeat, whereas ones like “Gracious” are a little more subtle and reflective. In 2014, he released his sophomore album I Forget Where We Were. This release still showcased his distinct vocals, but the overall feel of is much more melancholic. He seems defeated on most tracks, and the tone is definitely darker, like on “Small Things.” Howard is a young, versatile artist who sticks to his roots, but has the ability to experiment with different sounds and tones, all the while creating great music.

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