In 2014 – after sixteen years and nine albums as songwriter-performer-producer with Tracey Thorn in best-selling duo Everything But The Girl, a further ten at the helm of his award-winning electronic label Buzzin’ Fly, a DJ residency on BBC 6Music, and two prize-nominated books – Ben Watt returned to his roots as a solo singer and songwriter. Hendra, his second album – arriving thirty-one years after his indie chart No. 1 debut – met with wide acclaim at home and abroad for its eloquent lyrics and stripped-back aesthetic and pipped Anna Calvi and Blood Orange to win Best ‘Difficult’ Second Album at AIM Independent Music Awards 2014.

Ben’s third solo outing, Fever Dream, is set for release on 8th April 2016.

“The music I heard in my teens – jazz, folk, art-rock – still cuts the deepest with me,” he says. “I recently spent over ten years exploring electronic music and clubland but have come back to language and that band-in-a-room spontaneity again. The human voice, unaffected words, pushing simple instruments to their limits – that is now what fascinates me.”

Ben Watt Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Gradually’ below:

Plus support from MICHELE STODART

Over a decade since The Magic Numbers landed in the top ten with their double-platinum-selling debut album, Michele Stodart has taken temporary leave of the band she formed with her brother Romeo, to release her second solo album Pieces on 8th July 2016.

Released four years after her solo debut, Wide-Eyed Crossing, the nine songs that comprise Pieces confirm that, almost by stealth, Michele has turned into an artist whose work bears strong comparison to some of the touchstone songwriters that helped shape her outlook.

Michele Stodart Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter 


Watch the video for ‘Will You Wait’ below: