Ben Hobbs returns with a piano tune ‘Animals’
South London producer and singer-songwriter Ben Hobbs releases the ambitious panoramic pop belter ‘Animals.’
Rainbow-coloured vistas of synthesised sound and sugar-coated melodies characterise ‘Animals’. A monolithic love song in the classic sense – towering drum machines synergise with the organic piano textures, cooed pre-choruses and anthemic hooks. It’s an untrammelled explosion of feeling from a masterly producer drawing praise on both sides of the Atlantic.
The song finds Hobbs in pensive mood: “When you’re going through school and growing up, you’re faced with all these pressures and decisions to make, about who you are as a person and how you’re expected to fit in with everyone around you,” he remarks. “I just wanted to try and capture those feelings with this song.”
The huge sound of his debut EP Sweet Enough, released in May 2016, drew praise from Billboard, USA Today, The Line Of Best Fit, All Things Go and Hillydilly, earning him comparisons to some of pop’s finest innovators, such as Tears For Fears, Kate Bush and The Police.
Further support has come from Spotify, who placed all three EP singles on their flagship New Music Friday playlist, BBC Introducing in London, and BT Music, who playlisted the night driving video for the EP’s lead track.
Hobbs’ debut London headline gig at Servant Jazz Quarters feverishly sold out two weeks in advance, with a follow up show scheduled for Sebright Arms on Tuesday 4 October.
Tue 04 October – Sebright Arms, London (tickets)