Artist: Ben Ottewell
Album: Shapes and Shadows
(Eat Sleep Records, 7 Feb 11) [ We7 | Spotify | mflow ]
Tags: folk rock, acoustic, americana, my gang rotw
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My recommendation this week isn't as obscure as it looks. Ben Ottewell is one of the vocalists with Gomez, he's the gravel-voiced one. The band are still together, this is his solo debut, five years in the making. The track I have chosen is the lead single, Lightbulbs.
Again, I have chosen an album that will take time to get to know. On first listen it sounds warm, though minimal and sparse, his familiar voice standing out over everything and no song standing out over another. After a while, things start to take shape. Certain instruments come to the fore, as do certain melodies…