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Digital Subscriptions > Classic Pop > Nov 2019 > POLITICS AND PERSONAL TRAUMA BEHIND BEN WATT’S RETURN

POLITICS AND PERSONAL TRAUMA BEHIND BEN WATT’S RETURN

Tragedy and politics inspired the new Ben Watt album, Storm Damage, which arrives on 31 January. “My closest half-brother died unexpectedly in 2016, only four years after my half-sister,” explains Watt. “I got stuck for a year, angry inside and angry at the political world casually detonating around me. I felt half powerless, half driven. When the songs fi nally came, some were dark, yes, but there is always room for light. Always. I just tried to put that across.” The music is a departure for the former Everything But The Girl star – a hybrid of acoustic and electronic instruments. “I wanted a timeless-meetsmodern live jam – the directness of an unadorned trio capturing the spirit; and the samples, synthetics and electronic boom capturing the psychological mood. I searched for one-off drones, spoken voices, feedback, urban recordings; not unlike the way I worked in the mid-90s.” Watt embarks on a major UK tour in support of the new material kicking off on 27 February at Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds.

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