After nearly four years after his stunning sophomore record ‘I Forget Where We Were’, Ben Howard has finally returned with news of a new album, tour, and single.
‘A Boat To An Island On The Wall’ is the first taster of new material from Ben from his new record ‘Noonday Dream’, which will be released on June 1st, setting the soundtrack to those relaxing summer sunsets by the coast. The new track is exactly what I was hoping for, and more…
Ben Howard has continued his moody approach of aesthetically pleasing, moody, dark and mysterious sounds as he showcased on the Burgh Island EP and his sophomore. The double-tracked vocals add a sense of elegance and ambience to the track, bringing in a touching and an emotional, yet dark vocal performance which captivates the track even further.
Musically the elegance of ‘A Boat To An Island On The Wall’ is truly captured within the distorted and powerful guitars. The reverb-soaked chords that welcome in Ben’s vocals further portray the darkened elegance within the track. Behind the aesthetic acoustics, and drone-like electric guitars that lurk between violins and touching lyrics, we can hear quiet conversations and laughter. This element of humanity that is tucked neatly into the depths of the song provides tranquillity and acts as if the song has been recorded in a bar, again adding tranquillity and depth to this truly outstanding track.
‘Noonday Dream’ track listing:
The Towing Of The Line
A Boat To An Island On The Wall
What The Moon Does
Someone In The Doorway
All Down The Mines (interlude)
A Boat To An Island, Part II / Agatha’s Song
There’s Your Man
Ben Howard has also revealed a short UK Tour to coincide with the release of his new album, with tickets on sale on Friday, April 13th.
13 June – Eventim Apollo, London
14 June – Eventim Apollo, London
28 June – Playhouse, Edinburgh
29 June – Albert Hall, Manchester
30 June – The Eden Sessions, Cornwall
Words by Piran Aston