released September 13, 2019
FULL ALBUM OUT NOW - bnjmnshw.bandcamp.com/album/live-at-donaufestival
Single from Benjamin Shaw's upcoming (9/27) 'Live at donaufestival' album! "A Brand New Day" is a gorgeous and glitchy preview of Shaw's wonderful first live record (and his first live show in five years), recorded in May 2019 at donaufestival in Krems, Austria. It's a million miles away from what you might of heard at a Benjamin Shaw show if you were able to see him play in London a few years ago.
The single is backed by stripped acoustic recordings that originally aired on Mark Whitby's Dandelion Radio show back in 2014 (bnjmnshw.bandcamp.com/album/the-dandelion-sessions-2014
). Everybody seemed to enjoy them at the time.
Previous Press for Benjamin Shaw:
"A piece of work that could stand the test of time...The solitude is palpable." - Gold Flake Paint
"It’s a reminder that some of the most powerful emotions can bloom from the simplest of raw moments, and Shaw is an expert at crafting just those instances." - Drowned in Sound
"You wouldn't want everyone (or anyone else) to sound like Benjamin Shaw but I'm delighted someone does." - The Line Of Best Fit
“A wonderful beast.” - DIY Mag
"Benjamin Shaw is an outcast, a loner, a maverick and a freak. All of these are compliments." - CLASH Music
"Pop's outsider..." - The 405
“Puts you right beside its maker as he helplessly glares at himself in the mirror. But the music that soundtracks those dark moments is as beautiful as it is morose.” - The Alternative
“Though to focus on terrible feelings as a beginning and end is to miss the point.…To flatten this into the trope of anti-social introvert misses the true admixture of forces at work—the guilt, the shame, the dreams impossible to achieve. The promises that could never be kept, the nostalgia for things that never existed.” - Various Small Flames
“A chameleon of genres, the Melbourne-based Shaw has drifted through washes of shoegaze and fields of electronica, melding dissonant drones and folk affectations into an incredibly singular and raw brand of confessional music, its ennui palpable.” - Dimestore Saints
“Imagine yourself sitting in an empty room. All the lights are off...Your nails dig into the back of your head and you tug at your hair, wondering how hard you could pull before you finally rip it out of your skull. That’s what it feels like to listen to Benjamin Shaw.” - Atwood Magazine