Ben Watt has done it all.
A musician, producer, DJ, label boss and author, Watt has spent more than thirty years at the frontline of new music.
Recently, though, the songwriter felt compelled to go back to the start. Reaching for his acoustic guitar, new album 'Hendra' is billed as 'simply a folk-rock record in an electronic age'.
It's easy to see why. Pastoral, meditative and quietly experimental, Ben Watt is continuing to push ahead only this time he has decided to do it a field with no small measure of history.
Collaborating with Bernard Butler, the interplay between the two recalls from genuine acoustic greats. With this in mind, Clash is pleased as punch to be able to offer the first play of Ben Watt's new mixtape.
'Dark Field Illumination: Deep Folk Mixtape 2' pieces together some classic performers with left field choices, while Ben Watt also filters some original aspects through the sounds.
Utilising found sounds, field recordings, additional original synth, space echo and more, this is truly 'a folk-rock record in an electronic age'.
Michael Chapman - The Last Polish Breakfast
Blitzen Trapper - Below The Hurricane
Hans Appleqvist - Jag en gök
Desertshore - Pollen Hinges
Neil Young - Will To Love
Van Morrison - Beside You (Acapella)
White Magic - Katie Cruel
Talk Talk - New Grass
Bert Jansch - Running From Home
Ben Watt is set to release 'Hendra' on April 14th. Catch the songwriter at the following shows:
15 Sheffield Greystones
16 Newcastle Cluny 2
17 Liverpool East Village Arts Club
18 Hebden Bridge Trades Club
19 Cambridge Junction 2
21 Nottingham Bodega
22 Guildford Boileroom
23 Norwich Arts Centre
19 London Islington Assembly Hall