Ben Howard – My latest musical fixation

Let me help you not work while you are sitting bored at your desk in your office today.  Both Steve and I are digging on Ben Howard’s music right now.  Our first taste of Ben came in September when we saw this video on Facebook.  It’s just straight-up cool no matter how you slice it.

I was mesmerized by Danny MacAskill’s freestyle bike handling skills (at 2:34, seriously?!), but the background music sounded so good to me that I had to Shazam it before the video clip played out because I really wanted to download it asap.  The song is Wolves off of Ben’s album “Every Kingdom”, which I highly recommend.

His music is stripped down to the essentials with a clear, haunting voice set against his intricate, finger-picking guitar style (he also uses his guitar percussively when playing live).  He’s backed up by a band that includes beautiful female vocals and a cello.  I LOVE the cello / guitar combination.

Here are a few other songs of his that I really like.

Keep Your Head Up

Old Pine – This video was shot on the Western Coast of Ireland at the Cliffs of Moher.  Gorgeous part of the world! My first overseas trip was to Western Ireland in August of ’93 with Steve and his family.  We went to these cliffs and stood on the edge.  To say it is breathtaking there is an understatement.

The Fear – This is an acoustic version of what might be my favorite song on the album.  It sounds good here.  It sounds great when he’s backed up by the whole band. (Plus there’s a bit of an interview with him for the second half of the clip, if you are so inclined.)

About Chris DeVinney

Me in a nutshell: mom, writer, former lobbyist, wife, volunteer, lover of music and art, massive fan of traveling, and something of a smart ass. A typical INTJ, I quietly observe anyone and anything that comes into my orbit, squirreling away material for future essays. These days I spend my time writing about whatever interests me (both professionally and personally) and trying to strike the balance between taking care of kids/family/house/pets and me. Occasionally I nail it, hang on to it briefly, and then scramble back toward the center when the tipping starts again. I know, it’s a common story.
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One Response to Ben Howard – My latest musical fixation

  1. Jeannified says:

    Wow, this guy Ben Howard is great, too! He is a great lyricist! Such an old soul for such a young man.

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