Ben Dey makes an impeccable return to the folk sound that nurtured his musical beginnings, with the release of the single ‘This is the year’ – out today through Gallo Record Company.
More info about Ben Dey
Ben Dey is best known as the front man of SA rock band Ben Dey and the Concrete Lions or BDCL. While the national lockdown smothered BDCL’s ability to get together for practices and performances, it did not impede the creative side for Dey who continued writing songs as he normally would.
Dey soon realized that the new lockdown-era songs he was making, sounded different to those created with the band. What he had accidently done, was start a new project. While BDCL remains Dey’s first love and he will keep playing in the band, he will also attend to a separate solo musical endevour.
Ben Dey Comments on ‘This Is The Year’
“’This is the year’ reflects on constraints and opportunity in a year of regulated freedom. It is an anthem of resilience, an invitation to gather and piece together what was broken, to rebuild and journey on”
Dey’s first releases – ‘This is the year’ and ‘Somewhere way out West’ – are songs that will take you to the campfire, out in the wild. Acoustic guitar, harmonica and a vocal purposed only for story are the main elements used in both pieces and are diagnostic markers for the artist’s new solo journey.
‘This is the year’ is out now, with ‘Somewhere way out West’ following hot on the heels, due November 20th.
Listen to ‘This is The Year’ below:
‘This is the year’ was recorded at Sunset Studios in Franschhoek. You can download / stream the track HERE.
I have to admit that this is very refreshing track to listen to. I’m curious to find out what the second single will sound like. I remember checking Ben Dey and The Concrete Lions out at one of the Mieliepop festivals I attended and I throughly enjoyed that. It would be nice to see them live again. Maybe someone should convince them to come to Gauteng in the near future.
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