added: 31 Oct 2012 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
Ben Howard will release a brand new EP of material, the 'Burgh Island EP', through Island Records on 10th December.
The EP's opening track 'Esmerelda' - which debuted last night as Zane Lowe's Hottest Record on Radio One - has launched with a beautiful video shot by Mickey Smith.
Since the release of Ben's platinum-selling, Mercury Music Prize nominated debut album, 'Every Kingdom' back in October 2011, he has mindfully kept himself firmly routed to the motorways and freeways of each corner of the globe. A gruelling schedule of relentless touring across the UK, Europe, America and Australia.
Devon is home to Ben, but it has become a rare occasion when he can settle back there for any longer than a couple of days before the touring process kicks back in. Having performed at many of the major summer festivals across the UK and Europe this year to huge audiences, Ben retreated to Devon and to a remote studio on the Start Point peninsula to lay down the 'Burgh Island' EP, an entirely new record that finds him ditching his acoustic guitar and taking things electric.
The four tracks that form the 'Burgh Island' EP are united in their dark, menacing, and brooding outlook. It's a long, way from the blissful warmth of tracks such as 'Old Pine', 'Keep Your Head Up', and 'The Wolves' that has defined Ben across British radio stations for the past 12 months.
The one constant from the 'Every Kingdom' sessions is the intimate nature of Ben's vocals and that exquisite guitar playing. Produced once more by drummer/multi-percussionist Chris Bond, Ben has shirked any outside influence to deliver four leftfield tracks that are shot directly from the heart.
This EP coincides with Ben's biggest, sold-out UK tour to date, which takes in 3 nights at London's Brixton Academy.
Ben Howard Live:
2nd November - Brighton, The Dome SOLD OUT
3rd November - Plymouth, Pavilions SOLD OUT
4th November - Cardiff, University SOLD OUT
5th November - Bristol, Colston Hall SOLD OUT
7th November - Dublin, Olympia SOLD OUT
9th November - Belfast, Waterfront SOLD OUT
10th November - Glasgow, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
12th November - Manchester, O2 Apollo SOLD OUT
14th November - Leeds, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
16th November - Newcastle, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
17th November - Aberdeen, Music Hall SOLD OUT
19th November - Cambridge, Corn Exchange SOLD OUT
20th November ' Lincoln, Engine Shed SOLD OUT
21st November - Leicester, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
22nd November - Nottingham, Rock City SOLD OUT
24th November - Birmingham, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
25th November - Bournemouth, O2 Academy SOLD OUT
26th November - Southampton, Guildhall SOLD OUT
28th November - London, O2 Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
29th November ' London, O2 Brixton Academy SOLD OUT
30th November ' London, O2 Brixton Academy SOLD OUT