Today, Ben Auld announced his forthcoming debut album, Lemongrass, due February 15, 2022 via Earth Libraries. Alongside the announcement, he has shared the record’s first single, “D4A,” a heartwarming, sunshine-y folk tune a la Elliot Smith that is bound to summon butterflies in your stomach.
Speaking of the track, Ben wrote:
“This song is a folky jaunt. It’s pretty jolly sounding which I think mostly comes from the high strung guitar and quick pace. The narrative is a classic tale of infatuation and I suppose this is just an earnest account of what that feels like, while trying to avoid being too cringey or uninspired.
I guess that’s why I wanted it to sound quite merry. These sorts of feelings are intense and difficult to navigate in the moment but they’re kinda inconsequential in the grand scheme of things. I also like people being able to imprint a broad range of feelings or experiences on the music and making something happy-sad-personal-ambiguous is a good way to achieve that haha.
As with the other songs on the album, I wanted the song to sound dense and full despite the brevity. Most of the instruments are double or triple tracked and it somehow ended up creating these swells in the music which mimicked the different turns the lyrics take throughout. I spent a fair bit of time figuring out arrangements for the vocal harmonies on other songs but this was the first time it felt like they came together naturally which was cool. “
|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
PRE-ORDER: Ben Auld – Lemongrass
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