Guest Review ~ Amistat on Ben Howard

Do you live wholly as your authentic self? Huge question – and if you don’t, and you wouldn’t be alone in that struggle, Amistat offer you an anthem in new song The Coward. Amistat’s Josef Prasil says it’s all about “knowing who you are deep inside but not being able to let it out.  People are very fast with making assumptions and judging you based on what you look like, but little they know about what’s inside of the person.”

In light of this lovely, human and vulnerable statement of a song exploring cowardice and courage,  WildnFree was more than happy to hear some further musings from the minds of Amistat bros Josef and Jan!  Here’s their guest review of Ben Howard‘s latest album I Forget Where We Were. 

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One of our biggest inspirations has always been Ben Howard. His first album Every Kingdom literally changed our lives and the way we see and feel music and so has his latest release I Forget Where We Were.  It took us, especially Josef almost a year to fully connect with the album.  “Every Kingdom is a masterpiece! Nothing has and probably will come close to that ever,” he thought.   

Putting out a new record, you can’t help but going into the process of listening hoping to connect with the songs the same way you did with the past record. You ‘expect’ to have the same experience, the same emotions flowing through your body and the same memories coming into your mind. 

We found that we had to break away from those expectations and judgments first in order to fully appreciate and open up to what Ben Howard has shared with us on his new album.

I Forget Where We Were is written very smartly and in a very elegant way, Ben is introducing us to his ‘new’ self. He’s ventured out to experiment with unique electric guitar sounds and haunting melodies.

The two songs we have had the most contact with are I Forget Where We Were and End Of The Affair.

I Forget Where We Were says it all. You can feel the frustration and anger in Ben’s voice and the lyrics. It seem as if he has lost his way and is looking for a way back to connect with himself. It’s undeniable that throughout the entire album there is a dark element shadowing the listener’s mood.

End Of The Affair starts off rather dreamy and takes you on a journey through Ben’s private life. The piece ends with a pompous instrumental section and is intensified by Ben’s outstanding vocal part screaming:  “This is it, this is just it, go to him, what the hell, love? What the hell?”

As an artist, you’re constantly evolving your sound and growing as a musician and person. What makes music special to us is being able to feel the person behind the music and getting a glimpse into the artist’s life. Ben Howard is one of those artists who presents themselves as vulnerable and wears his heart on his sleeve. No doubt  I Forget Where We Were” is going to engulf you with its mysterious aura and leave you wanting more…

Let the journey begin…

Thank you fellas! Now for a journey of the Amistat type, enjoy the artful and intimate music video, shot in a single take run backwards tracing movements of stormy distress, directed by Kathleen Mary Lee (Lanks, Batts, Canary). Catch them live on the dates below:

Amistat

SAT 2 DEC | CHAPEL OF CHAPEL MELBOURNE VIC | 18+

WED 6 DEC |  LASS O’GOWRIE NEWCASTLE NSW | 18+

THU 7 DEC | FROMT GALLERY CANBERRA ACT | 18+

SAT 9 DEC | RECORD CRATE SYDNEY NSW | 18+

THU 14 DEC | BEACH HOTEL BYRON BAY NSW | 18+

FRI 15 DEC | MILK FACTORY BRISBANE QLD | 18+

WED 27 DEC – MON 1 JAN | WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL QLD | AA

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