Sunday, August 03, 2014

Ben Watt / 'Forget' (Radio Mix) by ben_watt

‘Stripped-down folk aesthetic couldn’t be more contemporary. What’s new is the worldview, and that is what gives ‘Hendra’ its stark power. These are beautiful songs penned from mid-life.’ 8/10, UNCUT ‘As a demonstration of Watt’s songwriting prowess, ‘Hendra’ is pretty much perfect.’ ALEXIS PETRIDIS, THE GUARDIAN ‘Folk-rock with menaces. 'Hendra' might deal with life’s compromises but there’s no disappointment here.’ 4/5, MOJO ____________________________________________ Following widespread acclaim for his new album ‘Hendra’, Ben Watt releases his latest track from it, ‘Forget’ on July 14. Already picking up early play on BBC Radio 2 and 6Music, the song was already a crowd favourite at his recent packed tour-closing Islington Assembly Hall show in London last month, where he was joined on stage by both album-collaborator Bernard Butler (check his solo on ‘Forget’) and Pink Floyd legend, David Gilmour. ‘Like a lot of the songs on the album, ‘Forget' is about strength of character, putting the past to bed. Some things are hard to forget, but we have to move on,’ says Watt. After twenty years as co-songwriter, occasional singer and primary instrumentalist in Everything But The Girl, and ten as an international DJ and label owner with Buzzin’ Fly, Ben Watt returned to his singer-songwriter folk-rock roots in April this year with ‘Hendra’, his first since the cult-classic ‘North Marine Drive’ thirty-one years ago. ‘Hendra’ has earned extensive 4-star (and some 5-star) reviews from Mojo, Q, Uncut, The Guardian, and many more. The Guardian’s lead rock critic Alex Petridis said, ‘As a demonstration of Watt's songwriting prowess, ‘Hendra’ is pretty much perfect.’ Neil McCormack in the Daily Telegraph said, ‘His belated return to where he started oozes class, perhaps because his oeuvre has always existed outside fashion. The gentle mesh of flowing melody, woven instrumentation and mood of hard-earned contemplation adds up to something quite profound’, while Uncut praised its ‘stark power’. With two tours of the US lined up before the end of July, then Australia and Japan in August, Ben Watt will return to the UK in October for another clutch of yet-to-be-announced live shows. Amazon CD - Amazon Deluxe CD - Amazon LP - iTunes - iTunes Deluxe -