Ben Howard, a 25-yeard old West London native has been writing music due to the fact he was a kid. And though he has been repeatedly compared to Mumford & Sons, he also resonates with Bob Dylan and Ray LaMontagne, gaining him a rapid rise in recognition in today’s music scene.
Ben leaped onto the music scene in 2010 Charlton Home with hits like The Pines and Only Really like, and has just released his second collection, The Burgh Island EP. The new album does not disappoint, taking listeners by way of darker turns than his first 2011 album, Every Kingdom.
Howard has been praised for sounding even greater in concert than in recordings, generally performing with only his guitar and a soft spotlight. But his soulful voice connects powerfully Charlton Home with the violins and percussion that join him in the studio. His videos are similarly crisp, frequently shot outdoors in golden-hued fields and beaches.
The lyrics and videos from the 1st album’s tracks like Charlton Home Old Pines and Maintain Your Head Up take on playful, exuberant tones: He and his mates cliff-hop on black rocks beside the ocean and jump via waves. In an additional, they cruise down a giant water slide in the middle of a forest. They slide previous a field full of grazing cows. Even the cows look delighted. Nature is as lovely and friendly as Howard’s notes.
But the songs on his new album are stark, even mournful. In Esmerelda, Howard sings low and heavy, “Oh, poor me, she fell beneath the wheels to support me out. Black sea, the monster killed the melody you like.” The black-and-white video options Howard on the shores of an angry, howling sea, without pals and absolutely without a giant waterslide.
This time around, we hear additional electronics, straying from the predominantly acoustic melodies of his past. One particular point is for confident when it comes to The Burgh Island EP: with or devoid of wires, Howard is as electrifying as ever.