English singer-songwriter Ben Watt will play tonight at Tin Angel with Bernard Butler, former lead guitarist of the British alternative rock band Suede. Known best for his part in the dance music duo Everything But the Girl, Watt has recently made the switch back to a more folksy sound (which is how EBTG originated) with the release of his newest album, Hendra, in April — his first solo album in 31 years. For more information and tickets, check out the XPN Concert Calendar and listen to the single, “Hendra,” off the new album below.
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.