June 13th is a day specially marked in my calendar. With one of my best buds from uni, I get to head down to see Ben Howard at the Hammersmith Apollo and see him perform live once again. What makes me think he will be even better than before? Take a look.
That says it all really. I absolutely adored this EP, and it has definitely grown on me more since writing that. It’s nice to see Ben tap into darker channels for his music now, and that was a perfect Winter release from him. It wonderfully emulated the weather around us, and regardless, tunes like To Be Alone will always showcase his talent.
2. The progression in Ben’s work
That leads me happily onto my second point. The Ben Howard who I get to see killing it in a couple of weeks is definitely a different one to Ben Howard of circa 2 years ago, releasing his first EP in the Old Pine release. Burgh Island alone shows a progression in his work, a new style found from his initial release on Every Kingdom.
3. Every Kingdom is still one of my favourite albums
This album will always hold a special place in my heart. Sentimentalist as that sounds, there are so many incredible elements to Every Kingdom. (Enough to justify me having accidentally bought both the deluxe and deluxe video editions on iTunes for a total of 19 quid? Doubtful…) But still, the arc through this album from foot stompers such as Keep Your Head Up to reflective pieces such as Only Love through to my favourite song of recent years, Old Pine. Just enjoy it.
4. His phenomenal performance at the Brits
I mean just watch it. The boy just rocks a stage. Hopefully I’m lucky enough to see some of you guys at his gig. If not, just enjoy this as a snippet into the wonderful live work of our favourite Devon boy.