While studying experimental theatre at Dartington College of Arts, Ben Calvert took inspiration from the stage into creating strong, narrative led, lyrical songs. He’s a prolific artist with a string of vinyl, CD and digital releases under his belt, including many with the legendary cult UK indie label Bearos.
His new EP is called Inside Outside.
Out in time for the darker seasons of 2022, the EP has a spooked atmosphere. Lyrically, it explores mysticism, religious figures, icons and symbols, and the moments when the spirit escapes the trappings of the human body.
“Without shifting too far from traditional and expected folk ways of doing things, with Inside Outside, Ben Calvert has crafted something that is both progressive and unexpected but never for the reasons you might think. It’s precisely what the folk world has been needing for a long time, even if the folk world didn’t realise it needed it in the first place.”
(The Big Takeover)
“A sort of male Vashti Bunyan, albeit filtered through echoes of early Morrissey and Nick Drake. For those inclined to uneasy listening in the eerie hours betwixt the shades of dusk and the faint gloom of dawn, Calvert continues to prove to be an intoxicating singular talent.”
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