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“Salt” — Now Available

I’m happy to announce that as of today, Salt is finally available for purchase as a physical CD, as a digital download, and as streaming audio; you can order CDs right here, and if you head on over to my Bandcamp page, you can stream half of it for free and purchase a digital copy to hear the rest. Check out this thoughtful and big-hearted new review of the record by Sound of Boston, this interview with Red Line Roots, or this conversation I recently had at WGDR studios in Vermont if you’re still on the fence and want to know more.

Many thanks to all the people who helped me out while I was in the process of making this thing. I’m deeply grateful for all the support, and I can’t wait to hear what you think.

New Video / Preordering “Salt” / Interview at Red Line Roots

Hey everyone, four things!

1. The title track for Salt now has a video, which you can check out above. Like my last video, it was filmed and directed by my friend Max García Conover, who really is great at this kind of thing.

2. The full record’s release is just around the corner. If you haven’t yet, please know that you can preorder a digital version of the record here and/or preorder a physical copy here. When you order the digital album on Bandcamp, you’ll even get a download of the first song, “Champlain,” right away, and then the whole album on May 16th when it releases. Physical copies will be released on June 5th.

UPDATE (5/16): The album is now available to stream/download here.

3. The track list is here.

4. Finally, last week I had a great conversation with Ken Templeton at Red Line Roots about some of my thinking behind the album; you can read that here if you want to know a bit more about why and how I put this thing together the way I did. Another really nice and thoughtful review was just published by Sound of Boston as well, and that one goes into a lot of detail about the different sounds on the record.

More soon. Thanks for your support, everybody. Working on this record has meant a lot to me, and I can’t wait for you to hear it.

“Salt” Announcement & First Single

Hi everyone,

I’m happy to announce that I’ve got a new record coming out later this spring. It’s called Salt, it’s a bit shorter and quieter than my other albums, and all the music on it is about liminal landscapes — places at the edge of things, where the relationship between water and land is sometimes ambiguous. I wrote the bulk of these songs a while ago, during a fairly rough and disorienting time, and I found it helpful and (ironically) grounding to be working on music about places where instability and flux are normal, and where the ground tends to come and go. So these songs are about ice roads, tidal estuaries, salt marshes, floodplains, places where earthquakes happen, ocean travel, and that kind of thing. In one sense the record is all about a very specific type of landscape, but in a broader one, it’s really about finding ballast in difficult situations, which I think just about everyone has had to do at some point.

The first single from Salt is called “Champlain,” and starting today, you can hear it for free exclusively at Junction Magazine, a great publication based in the Upper Valley of NH/VT. It’s one of my favorite songs on the record, and I hope you’ll like it too:

http://junctionmagazine.com/first-listen-champlain/

You can also preorder a digital download of the whole record here. I can’t wait for you to hear the rest of Salt. I’ve been playing a few of these songs for a long time now and I’m happy that they’ll finally have a home.

Also — if you live in northern New England, please know that I’ve got a few shows up here on the immediate horizon in the next week or two:

4/6 NASHUA, NH – Riverwalk Cafe & Music Hall (opening for Ian Ethan Case), 8pm
4/7 WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, VT – Open Door, 7:30pm
4/8 BURLINGTON, VT – Light Club Lamp Shop, 8pm
4/9 PORTLAND, ME – Blue (with Jamie Kallestad), 7pm
4/15 CRAWFORD NOTCH, NH – AMC Highland Center, 5pm (talk/Q&A) & 7:30pm (show)

Thanks for your support, everyone. I’m excited for you to hear this thing. Talk to you very soon.

Ben