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It was in 2014 - after sixteen years and nine albums as songwriter-performer-producer with Tracey Thorn in best-selling duo Everything But The Girl, and a further ten at the helm of his award-winning electronic label Buzzin’ Fly - that Ben Watt returned to his roots as a solo singer and songwriter with Hendra, his second solo album.

Arriving thirty-one years after his UK Independent Chart No. 1 debut, North Marine Drive, it met with wide acclaim at home and abroad for its eloquent lyrics and stripped-back aesthetic; it featured prominently in end-of-year round-ups, pipped Anna Calvi and Blood Orange to win Best Second Album at the AIM Independent Music Awards 2014 (UK). Rolling Stone later listed it in their ’15 Great Albums You Didn’t Hear In 2014’.

The follow-up, Fever Dream - self-produced at London’s famous RAK Studio 2, and released on April 8 - takes Hendra’s sonic template of open-tuned folk-jazz, distorted string-bent rock, and soulful rumination, and adds a fresh grainy intensity. It renews key partnerships with Butler, and sprinkles guest vocal cameos from Boston’s gothic-dream-folkie Marissa Nadler and Hiss Golden Messenger’s M.C. Taylor.

In strong advance press, Pitchfork ran the exclusive upfront album stream, Stereogum trailed the album with three features, and Uncut (UK) posted a rave 9/10 lead review.

He plays in Denver on June 26 in a special intimate solo show showcasing songs from both of his recent acclaimed albums plus old gems.
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By: Swallow Hill Music

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