Mostly known for his two decade career with his wife Tracey Thorn in Everything But The Girl, Ben Watt stepped into a career as a DJ (clubs and radio), indie-label owner, and writer in the late nineties. He recently released his new album, Hendra, featuring contributions from Suede’s Bernard Butler and David Gilmour of Pink Floyd, along with Berlin-based producer Ewen Pearson. Self-described as “essentially a folk-rock album in an electronic age,” Hendra is Watt’s first new solo album in 31 years. Writing about the album for NPR Music, Ann Powers says:
Hendra’s 10 songs are patient, even reticent creatures. They focus on the ruling subjects of midlife: the loss of loved ones, the ongoing confrontation with the fact that you are the sum of long-ago choices and circumstances, and the idea that fewer changes lie before you than behind. Many are internal monologues: a man describing the details of his mourning to his departed wife; another admitting that club life is a bit much for him now that he’s past 49.
Below, download the guitar fueled “Nathaniel,” featuring Butler on lead guitar.
Ben Watt, My Morning Download