Ben Browning (of Cut Copy)
“Buttery production with a colorful shimmer.” – Buzzbands
“Takes his new solo material to even poppier heights, via tropical vibes and slick, satisfying beats.” – PASTE
“Groovy disco rhythms.” – Consequence of Sound
“Warm sunniness.” – Stereogum
Outside of his role as a bassist for Grammy nominated electro-pop outfit Cut Copy, Australian songwriter/producer Ben Browning has adeptly bridged the gap between band mate to full-fledged front man. In 2012 Browning launched his singular vision with his debut EP Lover Motion, followed by a debut LP Turns in 2015. Earlier this summer Ben returned with the release of his sophomore LP Even Though. The 12-track set — led by early singles “Sunshine Baby” and the title track — is a retrospective of Ben’s journey as a musician; from his glory days in high school and college bands to the whirlwind and global reach of Cut Copy, and moving from his native Australia to the States, first to Washington D.C., and then to his new home town of San Francisco.
The album, self-produced and recorded in Melbourne and Washington D.C., continues his reign as purveyor of ’70s-era dream pop anthems, with his ephemeral voice channeling his songwriting heroes Brian Wilson, XTC and Paul McCartney, over a kaleidoscopic swirl of groovy electronic guitar melodies and backwards tape sounds. The album came full circle for Browning, who enlisted old band mates from his school and university days to record drums and bass parts, a nostalgic reunion for the artist. “Working with people I played my first live shows with when I was 16 and have maintained friendships with throughout my musical career was a really enjoyable aspect of making this album,” he says. “There’s a certain chemistry there that brings out the best in me.”
Today Ben shares another nostalgic collaboration with the music video for “Even Though.” Ben’s university friend Chris Hill flew to San Francisco from Australia to shoot the video and the humorous clip revolves around a pastel pink rotary phone depicting Ben constantly, perhaps in futility, looking for a connection. “Loosely it represents my continuing existential crisis. And it also contains saxophone,” Ben says of the video.
“After listening to this record I hope people feel like they’ve gone on a smooth psychedelic journey through a colorful musical world,” he says. “I wanted to create an album that people would want to play in their homes whilst cooking dinner or getting high and imagine what they’re hearing comes from a land created by Jim Henson – or perhaps they’re listening to a lost George Harrison album recorded in the Caribbean and discovered on a VHS tape 30 years later.”
Ben’s sophomore album Even Though is out now via Yellow Year Records.