The return of Ben Watt: solo artist

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Ben Watt, by Edward Bishop

There’s so many people coming out of the woodwork after a lot of time has gone by that I’ve come to the conclusion that it can only be a matter of time before Robert Smith and Steve Severin collaborate on another project together under The Glove moniker. Hell, if Bowie can come back after ten years as if nothing’s happened, well, anything can happen.

The latest OMG moment is that of Ben Watt. Back in the early eighties he released a fine solo album, entitled North Marine Drive and an EP with Robert Wyatt, Summer Into Winter. Still in his teends, he went off to Hull University where he met Tracey Thorn, who he formed Everything But The Girl with. He’s run his own label Buzzin’ Fly, and written

His new album is called Hendra and comes out on April 14. The album is a collaboration with Bernard Butler (of Suede fame and noted record producer), and Ewan Pearson. Oh, and another contributor to the album is Dave Gilmour of Pink Floyd, no less, who features on ‘The Levels.’

The album tracklisting is as follows:
‘Hendra’
‘Forget’
‘Spring’
‘Golden Ratio’
‘Matthew Arnold’s Field’
‘The Gun’
‘Nathaniel’
‘The Levels’
‘Young Man’s Game’
‘The Heart Is A Mirror’

He’s also on tour, though dates so far are only for England:

Feb 23 – London, St Pancras Church – SOLD OUT
Feb 24 – London, St Pancras Church – SOLD OUT
April 15 Sheffield, Greystones
April 16 Newcastle, Cluny 2
April 17 Liverpool, East Village Arts Club
April 18 Hebden Bridge, Trades Club
April 19 Cambridge, Junction 2
April 21 Nottingham, Bodega
April 22 Guildford, Boileroom
April 23 Norwich, Arts Centre