ARTIST OF THE WEEK: No.494 - Ben Brown

After spending the last few months building and cultivating his sound alongside producer and mentor Frank Turner, emerging singer-songwriter Ben Brown has now introduced himself to the wider world with his mesmerising debut single 'Blue'.

Lifted from his forthcoming debut EP, which is also called 'Blue' and arrives on the 12th July via Xtra Mile Recordings, his initial offering makes for a wonderfully warm and shimmering listen. With his captivating vocals spread across a tantalising acoustic-led production throughout, he is certainly one to keep a firm eye on for the months ahead as well.

Speaking about the new release, he said, “Many laughs were had at the recording and listening back to the performances you can really hear how comfortable I had become in Frank’s garden studio. At lunch time - Frank would cook me his signature dish … Pasta Surprise – which is apparently the only thing he can cook. Being a good producer is as much technical prowess as it is communication and personal skills. Frank has both of these.

"The songs themselves are sort of vignettes in my head - when I sing them, I can picture a scene. The way the camera would move, the grain of the film. I believe them to be well crafted - both structurally and melodically - they are more understated than my previous work, there is no loud drum kit or overdriven guitar to hide behind. For me, this is more vulnerable, and to be honest more exciting!”

Watch the new video for 'Blue' in the player below.