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Fri 19 Feb 2016
Benedict Benjamin is Ben Rubinstein, formerly of The Mariner’s Children and Peggy Sue (Wichita). His debut album ‘Night Songs’ is a collection of timeless compositions recorded in a series of churches, bedrooms and kitchens across London and Kent with producer Dan Blackett (Landshapes, Bella Union).
Ben is first and foremost a songwriter versed in the classical traditions of the form, capable of crafting both operatic crescendo and lullabylike stillness shot through with the heartbreaking swoon of Roy Orbison, the soothing harmonies of the Everly Brothers and the honesty of Jeff Tweedy. His songs undercut the dreamlike beauty of early 60s pop music with lyrics both frank and poetic, creating a powerful Lynchian duality that makes the heart swell and the head spin.
“Once it started playing I couldn’t stop listening…I’m tipping him for great things in 2016.” -Amy Lamé, BBC Radio 6 Music
Written in the bleached out swamps of South Florida and recorded in London, ‘Cracked Picture Frames’ is a hard-core and stripped-down survey of ballad, blood, and bone. ‘Sharp, intelligent, thoughtful and moving’ (Folk Radio UK), the bristling full-length debut by American songwriter Robert Chaney rings with echoes of Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, and early Tom Waits, but the exceptional quality of Chaney’s lyrics, as well as his melodic sensibility make for a thoroughly original album that is ‘head and shoulders above its peers’ (Blabber ‘n’ Smoke).
Joy Crookes is a sixteen year old singer/songwriter from South London. Joy has recently performed at Highroad House, Balham’s The Bedford, Wilkestock, On Blackheath festival and at Shapes Hackney. She has also supported Tricky at a recent London tour date. Joy is currently in the studio writing her debut album and already grabbing the attention with her unique lyrics and haunting voice.