Europe’s spiritual underbelly wheezes, howls and raps itself into life on the otherworldly ‘Benjamin Blower and the Pillar of Smoke’. Processed drums snap and whirr, bells shake and the double bass rumbles in a tribal, exuberant march.
Originally released in 2008, this seminal LP in Benjamin Blower‘s back-catalogue still contains enough bile, spit, hope and despair to cut through the smog of Western self-interest now, remaining as true to life as when it was first written.
A strong thematic thread holds the album together, a sense of apocalyptic dread that sees Blower in turns berating, pleading with, running from and submitting to a higher power that pursues him remorselessly. It’s a fascinating, verbose and intimate listen that rewards the attentive ear, wrapped in an organic, shadowy sound that is entirely Blower’s own. It’s no surprise this LP was highly praised by hip-hop luminary Buck 65. Reissued from Zang Productions, a haunting and incomparable record, an incisive cultural artefact of modern times.
“Interesting, passionate music that amuses and stimulates in equal measure. Uneasy listening… a peerless release” -The Line of Best Fit (85%)
“Loose, organic and totally compelling.” Cross Rhythms (9/10)
- Better Be Ready
- Blood & Snow
- Holy Smoke
- Why Should You Give a Damn About Me?
- Everybody Knows But Nobody Cares
- O Unfaithfulness
- We’re In Trouble Now
- I Am Ready to Climb the Mountain and Die
- In Memory of the Woman at Bethany
David Benjamin Blower
David Benjamin Blower is a writer, musician, and community theologian from Birmingham, UK. He is a prolific recording artist, a master of stark lyricism and apocalyptic protest-folk; the unconventional wisdom of his work is fast gaining appreciation with a wide audience.
CATALOGUE ( SEE ALL )
Warped-pop duo Strange Ghost release their debut EP, a rolling cloud of synths, dragging beats and zestful melodies.
David Benjamin Blower’s most ambitious project to date: a radiophonic production of The Book of Jonah, narrated by NT Wright.
David Benjamin Blower’s second book Sympathy for Jonah: Reflections on Humiliation, Terror and the Politics of Enemy-Love. Foreword by Ched Myers.
‘Sojourner’ is a cinematic folk album, recorded live in various locations around the UK, and filmed at the same time, released in May 2016.
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