After originally making a name for himself as the frontman for critically-acclaimed outfit Blaenavon in recent years, Ben Gregory has now announced his plans for his debut solo album, arriving in the coming months.
The new full-length 'Episode' will include the previously shared cut 'deathbed hangover', is being previewed by the new single 'manifest*', and is set to be released on the 7th April via Transgressive.
Speaking about the new record, he said, "Everything on “Episode” comes back to my struggle to interpret, or reinterpret, my life and its core relationships, after having my concept of reality revoked. This may sound dramatic, but it’s hard to know if you can trust how you feel about a partner, a situation, a future, when you’ve sat in a hospital bed, torn a newspaper to shreds, sat back and watched it put itself back together."
While adding about 'manifest*', "'manifest*' is about feeling fated to certain situations and lacking control over your own position in life. It looks towards a potential future that is desired but unlikely, focused on a partner and an imagined future family. There are elements of a slightly tragic fixation in there. The narrative retelling is real but it questions itself and cannot commit to painting an impossible future. The attempt was to portray this process of recollection, because people choose how they shape their own memories."
Have a listen to 'manifest*' in the player and see the album's full tracklisting in the player below.
storm of conversation
blue sea blue
((fall away ’till morn..))
god bless you