Ben Watt brings new tour and album to Bexhill

Ben Watt at the De La Warr Pavilion
Ben Watt at the De La Warr Pavilion
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The De La Warr Pavilion and Music’s Not Dead present Ben Watt Band featuring Bernard Butler on Tuesday April 5 in the cafe bar.

Ben’s new solo album Fever Dream is released worldwide on April 8 on his own imprint Unmade Road through Caroline International.

In 2014 – after 16 years and nine albums as songwriter-performer-producer with Tracey Thorn in Everything But The Girl, a further 10 at the helm of his award-winning electronic label Buzzin’ Fly, a DJ residency on BBC 6Music, and two prize-nominated books – Ben returned to his roots as a solo singer and songwriter. Hendra, his second album – arriving 31 years after his indie chart 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.

Fever Dream takes Hendra’s sonic template of open-tuned folk-jazz, distorted string-bent rock, and soulful rumination, and adds a fresh grainy intensity. It renews key partnerships with Hendra’s vaunted guitarist-sideman Bernard Butler and engineer Bruno Ellingham, and sprinkles guest vocal cameos from Boston’s dream-folk singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler and Hiss Golden Messenger’s M.C. Taylor.

“At the album’s heart I just wanted to deepen existing relationships,” he said. “Two years of playing live with Bernard has created a strong bond; the music we make feels spontaneous, ardent, unsentimental.” The pair are joined by drummer/percussionist and longtime ally Martin Ditcham (Talk Talk’s Spirit of Eden) and new double bassist Rex Horan (Laura Marling’s Once I Was an Eagle / Neil Cowley Trio), who in Watt’s words ‘brilliantly blurs the boundaries between folk, jazz and rock’.

Tickets £17 or £15 from 01424 229111 or go to www.dlwp.com