Songwriter, singer, multi-instrumentalist
Four years after releasing the debut album with his band, The Excess (Gold Has Worn Away), Benji self-funds an album of songs written between 2020 and 2022.
“With a bit of enforced time on my hands I found material came flowing out. New songs were appearing and seeds of ideas that had already germinated grew into fully formed entities. Where previously I may have spent endless hours refining things, the pieces fitted together satisfyingly quickly and I was able to resist the urge to tinker and move on.”
Benji recorded the new material with engineer and producer, Pete Brown (son of Joe Brown, brother of Sam) at his studio in Oxfordshire. Work started at the end of summer 2022 and finished in spring 2023. Featured guests include Pete Thomas and Joelle Barker (The Excess), Alex Hart (Benji’s bandmate with the Seth Lakeman band), veteran backing vocalist Aitch McRobbie and Pete Brown himself.
The songs range from the intensely personal – as in the title track ‘In Phase’, a song about trying to make a connection to someone in the non-physical realm – to political and worldwide issues and the search for truth.
“I feel there is a real cohesion to this record, Pete Brown is key to that. Our minds matched on where we were going with the sound and the songs and he really brought it together. Having recorded much of the ‘Gold’ album at his studio I knew it would work and there a certain bits of kit he has there I like using!”
This is Benji’s 6th studio release with his name on the disc (including his band album) and he will be touring the album in autumn 2023 with the official launch date in his home town of Leamington Spa at the intimate and atmospheric Temperance Cafe on 20th October.
Benji is a member of folk big band Bellowhead, the Seth Lakeman band and has served time with veteran folk rockers, Steeleye Span.