Today, Ben Auld shares his long-awaited debut album, Lemongrass, out now via Earth Libraries. It’s a collection of charming tunes and melodic guitar. Ben played all the instruments, apart from the Saxophone which is blown by Nicholas Dover. Ben’s talents know no bounds, he also engineered, mixed and produced the album. There’s a limited run of 500 vinyl copies so get on it.
Speaking on the inspiration behind Lemongrass, Ben said:
“I didn’t set out with a specific concept or a theme, other than trying to make something that felt classic and didn’t try to sound popular or current for the sake of it. A lot of the writing is about figuring things out, with friendships, relationships, myself. The stories are composites of real experiences and fictional ones, but the sentiment is always true.
It’s partly this want I’ve always had to create something, be it a book, film, or music. I think music was the one aspect I felt most confident in tackling first and once I started it sort of became an obsession. The other side of it is all the music I’ve experienced in the last few years. Music that calmed my anxiety, or reminded me of people I cared about, or made me envious that I couldn’t make music like that.
[The takeaway will] be a bit different for everyone I suppose. It could just be something pleasant to put on in the background while they’re ironing or it could be this life-affirming experience and both are great. It’s cool when people appreciate little details or subtleties in the songs but it’s just as good when someone appreciates solely for it being catchy or memorable, there’s something quite pure about that.”
Recalling the process behind-the-scenes, Ben said:
“I did everything alone – I wrote, recorded, and mixed it myself. I started out doing it this way because I had no other options and once I’d made a couple songs it was like ‘I guess I can do this by myself and in my own time’ so I just carried on that way. The exception is my friend Nick’s sax solo at the very end of the album. I think it makes for a good transition into whatever I create next which will likely be a bit more collaborative.”
Lemongrass – TRACKLISTING
1. You’re A Ghost
2. Try Again
3. Sycamore Way
4. Worry All The Time
5. O Athena!
7. Our Time Is Now
9. International Space Station
|Lemongrass Credits:All instruments, vocals: Ben Auld|
Saxophone: Nicholas Dover
|Lemongrass Production:Mastering: Carl Saff|
Producer: Ben Auld
Engineer: Ben Auld
Mixing: Ben Auld
Artwork: Darryl Norsen