Ben Woods - Dispeller LP (Black/White Marbled Colored Vinyl) Pre-Order

Ben Woods - Dispeller LP (Black/White Marbled Colored Vinyl) Pre-Order

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Release date: July 15th, 2022
On Dispeller, Woods’ intimate experiments in rock paint a vivid portrait. Here, the New Zealand artist leans comfortably into intuition and abstraction. Expansive arrangements are anchored by heavy-lidded prose, while carrying the air of the portside shack it was made in.

Dispeller was recorded throughout a year in Woods’ hometown, Lyttelton, with Ben Edwards (Aldous Harding, Marlon Williams, Julia Jacklin) at the helm of the mixing console and co-producing. Utterings, footsteps, and the rattles of the room linger beneath the album’s dense instrumentation, alluding to the familiar space the songs were captured in. Here, Woods’ songs breathe and flourish into their own worlds. “I found my voice in trying to make atonality croon,” he says. “With Dispeller it was less about harmony — the blend was capturing the songs very honestly in the room, and still making each of them to transport you somewhere different.”

Even beside Woods’ acclaimed debut, PUT (2019), which saw him sharing stages with Aldous Harding, No Age, Julia Jacklin and, Steve Gunn, Dispeller enchants. The songs here are stronger, the instrumentation stranger. Hovering At Home features mangled tape machine interjections and manipulated sax. Clusters of unsettling piano tip ‘Teething' toward the surreal. With chopped and...  more


releases May 15, 2022

Produced by Ben Edwards and Ben Woods
All songs by Ben Woods

All instruments performed by Ben Woods, except:

Charlotte Forrester - vocals on tracks 3 & 8
Alastair Galbraith - tape loop vocals on track 5
Matt Davis - horns on track 6
Lucy Hunter - vocals on track 7
Marlon Williams - tape choir on track 7
Ryan Chin - lap steel on track 7