Published Apr 07, 2014Later this month, Ben Watt will issue his first solo LP in over 30 years, Hendra. The Everything But the Girl member's sophomore set under his own name drops next April 14 in the UK and April 29 in North America through his own Unmade Road imprint (via Caroline International), but in case you can't wait that long, the album is streaming in full right now.
Previously described by Watt as "a folk-rock record in an electronic age," the 10-song set (or 14, including digital bonus tracks), the record was tracked between Berlin and London, with Watt teaming up in the respective cities with ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler and Berlin-based producer Ewan Pearson.
A classic and soft '70s singer-songwriter feel permeates piano- and synth-heavy tracks like "Spring," and "Hendra," while a steadier, buzzier rock feel soaks the setting of "Nathaniel." The tender, bird chirp-assisted "The Levels" brings out personal lyrics and guest guitar work from Pink Floyd's David Gilmour.
You can sample Watt's sophomore solo set via the player down below, courtesy of the Guardian.