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Ben Ottewell has released his new album A Man Apart, which came out on Friday 26th May through Sunday Best.
With an avid following from the days in his former band Gomez, A Man Apart is singer/songwriter Ben Ottewell’s third solo offering and follows his albums Shapes and Shadows and Rattlebag. The album is a record that crosses musical genres such as Americana, blues and folk backed by Ben’s unmistakable gutsy and gravelly voice. Co-written with childhood friend and former Tunng member, Sam Genders, the album was recorded in Los Angeles and Sheffield and engineered and produced in the latter by Martin Smith (Richard Hawley).
A Man Apart delves into such relevant subjects as love and relationships, fame and politics. The album’s title track focuses on populist politicians exploiting people’s hopes and fears, with Bones touching on the realisation of not being worthy of someone, and opener Own It, sees Ben reflect on his time growing up in public in Gomez. Recent single Watcher is the perfect introduction to the album and despite its pensive meaning, is a melodic Americana led track that builds into a memorable bluesy and soulful chorus.
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Ben Ottewell will be touring in the UK and Ireland in June, commencing in Dublin on 3rd June and culminating with a London show at The Lexington on 13th June. Full tour dates are as follows:
Sat 3rd Dublin Upstairs Whelans
Sun 4th Belfast Mchughs
Tues 6th Glasgow King Tut’s
Wed 7th Manchester The Deaf Institute
Thurs 8th Sheffield Picturehouse
Fri 9th Nottingham The Bodega
Sun 11th Southampton The Joiners
Mon 12th Bristol The Louisiana
Tues 13th London The Lexington