People who know me are likely aware I hold a long time affinity for the works of Nick Cave. If you come to my apartment, you’ll find this towel hanging on the handle for my oven.
Acoustic-noir is a genre that works in stark contrast to a multi-million person inhabited, sky-scraper punctuated city scape. That seems to suit accomplished songwriter Ben Lorentzen just fine as he walks the New York and Union, NJ streets in thoughtful retreat, looking for that soulful, divine light in the darkness.
On where this proclivity towards his somber approach to songwriting, Lorentzen shares, “It started out with my mum singing me sad songs, before I can remember. She told me I would cry and beg her for more.”
In the performance video for single “The Ugliest Girl in the World,” Ben Lorentzen finds the beauty despite the flaws with looping electronic elements reminiscent of Spoon‘s “Inside Out” and with a vocal delivery and tongue of a subdued Dan Bejar of Destroyer and The New Pornographers fame.
Watch as Ben Lorentzen draws you into his darkly cathartic narrative world below with “The Ugliest Girl in the World.” Find more from the artist here.