The setting that comes to mind upon listening to Ben Howard’s debut full-length album is a bonfire on the beach, as one can easily imagine this talented musician strumming his guitar atop a log while the shadows of the flames dance upon the faces of a spellbound audience beneath a starry night with the sound of waves crashing in the background. Howard is both raw and intimate, and the beach vibe stems from a complete lack of pretense to his music, and if I hadn’t already known his nationality, I might guess he was from California (He’s not; Howard is English and from the West Country).
By J. Brown
Turning your back on modernity is no easy feat in this day and age, which makes it all the more admirable and noteworthy. It seems British singer/songwriter Ben Howard is one of the few who chooses to eschew social media, TV, cell phones and the plethora of technological objects that take up so much of our time and energy.