Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ben Howard - Under the Same Sun

Ben Howard's debut album, Every Kingdom, is one you should know about and not just because he's popular enough to have billboards around the UK. His voice, not unlike that of James Vincent McMorrow, set against the jangly guitars makes his music instantly likable if you have any tendency to lean towards the folk rock types. The hooks work really well in songs like "Old Pine", "Keep Your Head Up", and "Only Love" and usually involve speeding up the tempo and background vocals singing la la lahs, it's catchy but makes you want to skip through the slower ballads to get to the fun stuff that will have you involuntarily head bopping and tapping your toes. You'll also want to make sure to watch the ridiculous moves from street trials riding star Danny Macaskill has in this video soundtracked by Ben Howard's "The Wolves" as well.

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