Throwback Thursdays: The Lush Theatrical Folk Of Ben Howard
    • THURSDAY, MARCH 17, 2016

    • Posted by: Don Saas

    Tomorrow is our SXSW showcase at Empire Control Room & Garage in Austin, TX (you can head here for the entire setlist/set times) and we're getting pretty damn excited. And on this Throwback Thursday, it's making me think about my first SXSW as part of the Baeble team. Of course, I didn't get to go that year but I was holding down the fort in our offices in NYC (much like I'm doing this year; I've never actually been to Texas). And my personal favorite performance from SXSW that year and one of my favorite Baeble sessions period was British folk songwriter Ben Howard.

    I wrote the initial profile for Ben Howard that we ran on the site when he played our showcase in 2012, and I immediately fell in love with his debut record, Every Kingdom. It was folk music and it was pop music but it wasn't twee. It was theatrical and lush and dramatic, and I'm hard pressed to name a folk songwriter that knew his way around a hook better than Ben Howard on that record. And then I finally got to see our session and all of the energy and intensity of the record was amplified in his live performance and the wait I went through til I was finally able to see Ben Howard live in 2014 nearly killed me.

    If you love Baeble's video sessions, you owe it to yourself to watch our session with Ben Howard. I think it's indicative of the very best work we can do as a team and you'll probably fall in love with Ben Howard as intensely as we did when it was all said and done.

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