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30 Aug 2014

New Video for the album!

Following the release of our new album "Adrift" we have put together a video for "Train of Thought"! It is mostly filmed at Bristol Temple-Meads and Leeds station. Also there is a pigeon.
You can listen or download this track and the rest of the album on the Ben & Alfie Bandcamp.
If you want a physical CD then visit the Paddywack Records store to order one online.

If you want to know more about the making of the video or the album check out the Sound Tailor site.

8 May 2014

Soon to be... Adrift

“Adrift” has arrived with rather apt timing just as we are both planning to move out in the near future so I suppose thoughts of being adrift have been with us recently. The first song on the album, also named Adrift, was actually written before any plans to move were realised but it seems now that it heralded the beginnings of the process and it felt good that the album could be somehow significant to our lives in a more than musical sense, as if that wasn't enough! Adrift also introduces a few new instruments to our sound - most notably the Ukulele which Alfie plays on a number of the tracks and we hope to include it in our live gigs as well though we're not yet sure how... perhaps some clever apparatus allowing Alfie to play double bass with his feet could be arranged?

We will be releasing the Album on June the 8th at Bull Mill in Warminster so please keep an eye on the Ben & Alfie Facebook for details of that event if you think you can make it!

If you want to pre-order the album then just visit Paddywack Records to get in their early. This is our first album with Paddywack Records and hopefully not the last. Do check out their beeeeeautiful new website!

You can also pre-order a Digital Download from our Bandcamp and get 2 Tracks immediately! If you pre-order you will receive a notification with a download link for the whole album as soon as it is released.

Adrift Artwork
The recording process was particularly good for us since for many of the songs it was the first time we arranged and crystallised them. The eleven songs were chosen from a larger selection which has really helped make this more of a coherent album and also helped the always difficult task of choosing an track order much easier. However, I think we made up for any fortuitous ease we experienced in the production stages with the agony of arrangement and rearrangement and endless decisions about where the violins should come in (or if they should at all!).

Another reason it was so easy to achieve a recording we were happy with was our new Focusrite interface but I’ll discuss that and a few of the other more technical "nerdities" in detail on the Sound Tailor site. Finally with the usual care and grace we are used to from Loud Mastering we have been, once again, stunned by the wonderful, colourful, warm sound that Jason has brought to our recording in the mastering studio - our thanks to him.

All in all the Adrift project has drifted past on a pretty pleasant calm swell and we hope you all enjoy it immensely!

3 May 2013

27 Years

While it might have been artistically intriguing and in some strange way even satisfying, we are pleased to say this post is not entitled 27 Years because the song took that long to write or that long to make the video!
No Measure - Ben & Alfie

Here it actually refers to the 27 year long prison sentence of the wrongly convicted Sean Hodgson. There is a very moving article about the days after he was released entitled "Freedom? It's lonely" on the guardian website - www.guardian.co.uk - which is quite shocking and definitely worth a read.
Sean died last October, 3 years after he was released at the age of 59.

The song is based around our impression of the story after we read it in the paper a couple of years ago and is on our new album "No Measure".

For more information about the song and lyrics visit our bandcamp page. You can also download the track from iTunes or bandcamp!
No Measure - Ben & Alfie

15 Feb 2013

No Measure

Its here, its there, it is everywhere! Or at least that is the idea... Our new album "No Measure" is finally out and available featuring 10 of our original songs. The album has been a while coming but hopefully you will consider it worth the wait. It was recorded over the first half of 2012, Mixed with help from some fine engineers and producers, particularly Rob Harbron, and finally mastered at Loud Mastering in Taunton in October. So it has been a long term project but incredibly useful to our artistic and technical development in a way which just couldn't happen in a week in a studio.

We have even already been sent some lovely feedback about the album which is a great thing to have since it lets us know, as much as it does you, that other people are enjoying it!

WOW !! - Just listened to "No Measure" - WOW again!
Fantastic stuff guys - Congratulations. I'm so impressed. These songs are all so good! Beautifully sung and played. It's been a long time since I enjoyed song after song on a CD - it just kept getting better!
I'm out of words........

I've been listening to the tracks this afternoon...sounding great, with a warmth and clarity that really work

The album is fantastic! Congratulations! So happy to have a copy, it has made my month!

Just got your new album 'No Measure'. Listened to it immediately. Beautiful music, beautiful lyrics. Thank you.

What an amazing sound! Congratulations on your brilliant album.

Fantastic really well done and a lovely production.

We are also happy to say that it is now available as a download from Bandcamp so if you would prefer a high quality (or low quality) download to a CD then you can get a copy of No Measure or any of the individual tracks as easily as clicking your mouse (though you may have to click your mouse more than once). You can get an mp3, m4a, wav, aif etc... or almost any other form of audio file from Bandcamp including CD quality files if you are as picky about your sound as we are!

Finally thanks for visiting and if you enjoy the album - Please tell all your friends, enemies and indifferent acquaintances about it!