Listen while reading:
Bleed It White (streamable via MySpace)
The Lion And The Lamb (streamable via MySpace)
Always, All The Time (streamable via MySpace)
Goodnight (streamable via MySpace)
Again it’s time for a new band alert. This time I stumbled upon Birmingham/Alabama based musician Ben Fondren. His music is as pure as it could be because there’s just guitar playing and vocals – and as you know, this is the real deal and the music CFM is dedicated to. Fondren already finished about 70 songs, he said, but hasn’t arranged them to an album yet. Lots of potential, if you’d ask me.
As you listen to his tracks you’ll soon recognize an indie folk flavor in all of them caused by his strumming guitar play technique giving a certain drive to the songs. I have to admit his music reminds me a bit of early Iron and Wine at some point – and this is a very good thing. Together with his soft and feathery voice it is a genial feeling listening to his tracks.
For Ben Fondren beeing in Norway right now he wasn’t able to send me other tracks than the ones he sent. But these are already so good that I think he sent just the right ones. I can tell you that I’m very happy I found him because i’ve got the feeling that there is good music coming from him in the future (but without having this feeling I would not feature him in the new band alert category anyway).
Ben told me he talked to a good friend of him out in Canada who runs a label and who would be willing to release some of his new material by summer of the upcoming year. I’m really excited about the release and I hope Ben keeps up the good work he has done so far. If you want to hear more of his music, just head over to Ben Fondren’s MySpace page and take a listen.