Born in Canada, raised in Blackpool and now hiding in Melbourne, genre-defying musician and artist Benjamin Shaw is prepping the release of his sixth album, Megadead.
Out August 31, via Audio Antihero / Kirigirisu Recordings, it is preceded by lead single ‘Terrible Feelings!’. Blurring the lines between burned-out lo-fi, electronic pop and uncompromising experimentalism, Shaw delivers one of the most tender, emotional and thrilling songs your are likely to hear.
Glimmering keys, field recordings, frazzled electronics, layered noise and fuzz, brittle melodies, looping guitars and aching words create an atmosphere that envelops the listeners. A frenzied opening of mishmashed feelings and raw emotion bleeds into a sea of discordant noise and static before retreating to reveal something more recognizable and affable; Shaw’s delicate and tender voice drifting over gentle chords. ‘Terrible Feelings!’ feels extremely private, in a way that it feels as though we are rather privileged to be privy to this moment. Gloomy, yes! but it also hopeful and intensely beautiful, like a rainy Sunday afternoon sat peering through the window as a grey day dissipates with nothing but the sound of rain, pitter-pattering again the glaze.
Listen to ‘Terrible Feelings!’ below and keep an eye out for the album coming at the end of the month.