B.J. Smith - Between Ship and Shore Part Two [NUNS007B]
Released on the 2nd November 2015 this is the second release in a series of 3 EPs. Part One reaching critical acclaim with stunning feedback from Test Pressing and a whole heap of righteous DJs and music lovers. With remixes from A Man Called Adam, this release once again exposes Ben’s Folk credentials.
Renown as a multi instrumentalist B.J. Smith is perhaps best known for his wonderful ‘Dedications to the Greats’ release which have seen him cover Mos Def, The Pharcyde and OutKast in his own unique style, Ben is also half of Balearic super duo, Smith & Mudd and one third of White Elephant with Jim and Chris from Crazy P.
Between Ship and Shore is a selection of songs that Ben has been crafting between his London home and summers spent in Cornwall and the results speak for themselves. One man and his guitar and his tales of time spent by the wonderful coastline of the South West of the UK and a hint of the Scottish Highlands.
JJ Cale, Terry Callier and John Martyn all influence and inspire Ben, and this is apparent in his subtle yet powerful tales.
“Stars Festoon” see’s Ben take the listener to a bygone era with a meandering, jolly jaunt day trip to the beach, gently bobbing about in small wooden boats, beach camp fires and the smell of fish and chips with salt and vinegar wafting through the air…
Balearic pioneers and longstanding laid back music evangelists, A Man Called Adam add their deft touch to “Stars Festoon” and take it down a slightly off beat track between the sand dunes with electronic glitches, pops and bass sounds, stripping it back to bare bones, giving it some extra space and isolating vocal parts to give it a slightly haunted feel, perfect for a late night / early morning beach walk soundtrack…
“If Only Sometimes” once again delivers with its wonderful piano led opening and gentle guitar pickings enticing Ben to soothe and gently ease the listener in before enveloping them with warm harmonies and uplifting vocals, enhanced by the euphoric string section that then gives way to wonderful brass stabs and the crescendo.