ROCK AND ROMEO: ben howard

Posted on by Zoe

Along with my penchant for full-blown rock ‘n’ roll, hip-hop and soft electro beats, one of my all-time favourite musical genres is rough, folky acoustic. This time, it comes in the shape of Ben Howard.

Before reading anything about this new, mysterious voice, I was immediately reminded of Mumford & Sons on first listen of ‘The Fear’, Ben’s fourth single from debut album Every Kingdom. The atmospheric, rootsy guitar riff, the hypnotically calming yet equally raucous voice, and the relentlessly building middle eight that climaxes with huge, pounding drums. Very reminiscent of Mumford, but Ben’s beach-like melodies and quivering voice makes for such a distinguished new artist, that you’ll be picturing yourself dipping in and out of clear blue waters, somewhere far, far away.

His album is a great amalgam of all my favourite acoustic artists - think what would happen if Bon Iver’s haunting voice, John Butler Trio’s guitar plucking skills and Jeff Buckley’s hypnotic melodies all came together at once.

Go download it now, I urge you.

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  • zoe_stephen

    Hi Zoe,

    I just went to see Ben Howard at King Tuts in Glasgow. He's amazing :) !! Loving your work.

    Zoe x

  • Brónagh

    ahh, new favourite singer, thanks for the introduction!

    I'm a new follower as a result of the More Blog Boudoir thing you won, congratulations I really like what I've seen of your blog. :)


  • Annabel

    wow so excited to check out more! love your blog:)

  • Kat

    Have been crushing hard on Ben Howard's music for a while now, such a beautiful voice- would love to see him live!!


  • Anonymous

    If you like Ben Howards you'll probably love Marcus Foster and Lee Mitchell. Both really great acoustic folky and a bit bluesy. They have done gigs together.

    Love your blog!

  • Rita

    it's perfect!

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