Ben Howard is back…and adrift

George Griffiths /
Apr 5, 2018 / Music

What better way to re-introduce yourself than with an epic, sprawling 7-minute journey?

If it seems like a long time since you’ve heard from Ben Howard, that’s because it has been. It’s been four years (four!) since Howard last dropped some music, but now the drought is over.

Ben’s set to release his new album, ‘Noonday Dream’ on June 1st, but he’s given us a glimpse at what’s to come with the new single ‘A Boat To An Island On The Wall.’

And by a ‘glimpse,’ we mean a sprawling, atmospheric, 7 minute prog-rock rumination on loneliness.

Ben’s also self-produced the new album, which you can kind of tell, but it’s nice nonetheless. The new single in particular gives us Kate Bush vibes – like the second half of The Hounds of Love if Kate had swapped her trusthy synth machine for a guitar.

That’s 100% more of a compliment than you think it is.

Alongside the new tracks, Ben’s also announced a tour, including two nights at the Event Apollo in London and Edinburgh, as well as around Europe. He’s a busy bloke.

Cop the tour dates below, tickets are on sale April 13th:

27th May – Coliseu, Lisbon
28th May – Teatro Sa Da Bandeira, Porto
29th May – Teatro Victoria Eugenia, San Sebastian
1st June – E-Werk, Cologne
3rd June – Sentrum Scene, Oslo
4th June – Cirkus, Stockholm
6th June – Admiralpalast, Berlin
8th June – Stodola, Warsaw
9th June – Divadlo Archa, Prague
11th June – Salle Pleyel, Paris
13th June – Eventim Apollo, London
14th June – Eventim Apollo, London
28th June – Playhouse, Edinburgh
29th June – Albert Hall, Manchester
30th June – The Eden Sessions, Cornwall
3rd July – Nuits de Fourviere, Lyon
4th July – Anfiteatro del Vittoriale, Gardone Riviera
6th July – Rock Wertcher, Belgium
7th July – AFAS, Amsterdam
9th July – Rockhal, Luxembourg
13th July – Mad Cool Festival, Madrid
14th July – Cruilla Festival, Barcelona
1st September – Stradbally, Electric Picnic
8th September – Lollapalooza, Berlin

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Words by George Griffiths

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