Ben Wylen ‘Veins’ : Rendered when harmonies of delight, pounce with effervescence.

Ben Wylen / Photo: Tom Oxley

Soft and lonesome; hard, when it needs to be – the aromatic lyrical trials, never trivialize with Ben Wylen at the helm. A caustic existence, rendered when harmonies of delight, pounce with effervescence – you then have the calm afflictions of ‘Veins’ (off of upcoming album ‘People Say’).

Said Ben: “When I wrote this song, I was really into writing stories that could be interpreted in two completely unrelated ways. Depending on who you are, you might think this is a love song. It’s not. At least not in the way you might initially think.”

A trip to London resulted in a chance meeting with producer Danton Supple (Coldplay, Morrissey, U2), with the pair eventually heading into London’s State Of The Ark Studios to record the songs together. They made a good fit: Wylen providing the gut wrenching, emotional guidance to the songs and Supple’s expert production work helping to realize these songs’ wonderful potential. Members of Elbow (drummer Richard Jupp) and Starsailor (bassist James Steflox), string arranger Audrey Riley (The Cure, The Smiths, Smashing Pumpkins) and Grammy Award winning mixing engineer Steve Fitzmaurice (Sam Smith, Lewis Capaldi) helped flesh out the album to its gorgeous state.

Look for each song of the full album ‘People Say’ first of each month. In whole, it will be released November 6th.

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Vinyl Of The Week #VOTW Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Rust Never Sleeps” Follow my @spotify #VOTW playlist to hear these songs and tracks from other vinyls I’ve featured! What can be said about the legendary Neil Young. He is one of a handful of songwriters who have made me the musician I am today. For that I owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Rather than sharing one of his super famous records, I thought I would share a live album of his that has always touched me. “Rust Never Sleeps” showcases a few different sides of Neil Young. You get the raw, rock and roll energy of “Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)” and the intimacy of its partner song, “My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue).” My favorite song however, is a lesser known song called “Thrasher.” It details the story of a man who outgrows his friends. It recounts how he stops relating to the lives that they are living. I always saw myself in this song. As a musician, I have embarked on a strange path and it is often challenging for people to understand. So with that I will leave you with my favorite lyric from the song: “They had the best selection, They were poisoned with protection There was nothing that they needed, Nothing left to find”

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