Album release: 'Sirens' by Ben Abraham
Release date: 4 March 2016
Label: Secretly Canadian
More info: Artist website
Australian artist Ben Abraham, whom the Sydney Morning Herald calls 'one of the best new male voices' debuts a new Oh Yeah Wow-directed video for 'You And Me' today, watch it here. 'You And Me' is the first track from Abraham’s debut album 'Sirens', set for release March 4 on Secretly Canadian. Preorder the album on all physical formats here and digitally via iTunes here.
Zane Lowe premiered 'You And Me' today on Beats 1, praising Abraham’s 'Beautiful songs from a debut album [written] whilst working in a hospital.'
'I jumped at the chance to work with Oh Yeah Wow because Darcy, Josh and the OYW team have consistently released some of the most visually inventive and beautiful Australian music videos I've seen,' says Abraham of making the video. 'I knew working with this crazy team of visionaries would produce something truly special—which feels important as our lives become more saturated with mindless video content. They somehow managed to capture the intimacy, scope and melancholy of the song and I'm really excited for people to see that breathtaking final shot.'
Abraham recorded and produced Sirens in Melbourne with the help of friends and longtime collaborators Jono Steer and Leigh Fisher. The album also features a collaboration with Sara Bareilles, who Abraham connected online and struck up a friendship with several years ago, on “This Is On Me” as well as additional production from Gotye’s Wally De Backer on “Speak.”
Abraham brought his live show, which Tone Deaf calls 'disarming' and 'truly stunning,' to the U.S. for the first time at last year’s CMJ. Abraham backs up his voice with only guitar and harmonium, in the vein of 'Cat Stevens, If Donny Hathaway and Cat had a baby and he hung out with Sufjan Stevens and Feist,' Abraham says. Abraham was recently featured in an installment of the acclaimed British Mahogany Sessions series—watch him perform 'Speak' here.
Abraham is set to return to the U.S. this year for a full tour to celebrate the release of his album. Watch the official video for 'Home' here.
Since he began writing songs while working in a hospital, Abraham has collaborated with Ta-ku, Wafia, Gotye and more and recorded an album. The son of Indonesian folk-pop stars, he has risen to prominence in his hometown of Melbourne and throughout Australia through his much lauded live performances, where his voice and talent has consistently blown audiences away.
Press reaction to date
'Ben’s honest songwriting…has seen him grow…from a well-kept hometown secret into an independent artist with a passionate international following.' —Tone Deaf
'This is a remarkable new singer songwriter who definitely understands the craft.' —Zane Lowe
'When Ben sings, I listen.' —Gotye