domenica 12 aprile 2009

Ben & Jason "Hello"

Ci fu un tempo in cui avere una chitarra acustica ti faceva subito entrare nel club esclusivo...quello del New Acoustic Movement. Che era ovviamente la solita creazione della stampa britannica e tutti dietro. E allora gente in ginocchio per l'occhialone (odioso) dei King of Convenience o per i noiosissimi Turin Brakes o per gli scolastici I Am Kloot. Peccato che ben pochi andassero a sentirsi con cura Ben & Jason, emozionante duo che su base acustica creava melodie e arrangiamenti prodigiosi, con testi sempre a fuoco e incisivi. Musica per il cuore e la mente.
La stria iniza qui, con questo affascinante Ep, dove la care del due vengono messe sul tavolo e non ci si può non innamorare. (1999 Go!Beat!)

Ecco la recensione di NME:

"A dark surge of violin and cello swirls vertiginously around a tiny thread of acoustic guitar. Seconds into the opening of 'Joe's Ark', it's breath-catchingly clear that Ben & Jason, London boys with bruised hearts and impossibly high voices, have found Robert Kirby, the man who arranged the sumptuous strings to accompany Nick Drake's fragile croon.
Kirby is only present to sprinkle his sonic fairy-dust onto this mini-album's first track, but Ben Parker and Jason Hazeley quickly prove that they need no further assistance in bolstering the fruits of their partnership. Deceptively simple, yet creepingly poignant, they weave a web of delicate, contemplative melancholy using filaments of dusty AM radio hits, snippets of Smog and Will Oldham, whispers of Radiohead. But the spectre that looms largest over 'Hello' is that of Jeff Buckley; and though Ben's voice can never quite replicate his soulful wail, Buckley's legacy is unmistakable in the disconsolate howl of 'You-Shaped Hole', the emotional vortex of 'Thank You For Laughing' and the sweeping lullaby of 'Everybody Hold Hands With Everybody Else'.
Ben & Jason sound like they've spent their lives cloistered in dark bedrooms, so alone they've forgotten the art of conversation. Instead, they've created a luxuriously tuneful cushion of songs about imaginary friends and ice-cold lovers, which they hold up over their faces as they reach out to shake hands. A tantalising introduction."

- Joe's Ark
- Adam And Lorraine
- Everybody Hold Hands With Everybody Else
- Thank You For Laughing
- On Days Like Yours
- You Shaped Hole
- This Is Our Song
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