BEN CHATWIN shares new video for The Kraken

February 21, 2017



 “Dark, bare, beautiful soundscapes that mix analog electronics with classical sensibilities. His sound defies form, allowing it to float aimlessly in any direction he pleases.” – Stereogum
“Peaks with gale-force electronics as the Scottish musician plays scintillating lines on hammer dulcimer in the most dramatic usage of the instrument since Nico’s “Evenings of Light”” – The Wire
“A rich, rewarding listen” – Electronic Sound
“Utterly enthralling” – Record Collector
“The kind of labyrinthine expedition that drapes a sense of wonderment upon the listener that belies the short running time.” – 
Gold Flake Paint

Ahead of an afternoon show at London’s Union Chapel this Saturday, Feb 25th for Daylight Music, Ben Chatwin shares a video for “The Kraken”, taken from last year’s arrestingly beautiful album Heat & Entropy.

“There is one track on every album that becomes like climbing Everest – like finishing it is an insurmountable challenge” Chatwin told The Line of Best Fit around the record’s release. “Not one to give up, I worked on this track for months and months… The final section is of a hammered dulcimer part played over a bunch of distorted electronics which came about as I was running out of ideas and wondered what would happen if I just went crazy on the hammered dulcimer.”

This new video was directed by Nat Urazmetova and filmed at Ta Prohm Temple in Cambodia. “The video tells the story of the opposing yet coexisting and reciprocally recharging forces: the burning, uncontrollable urge to explore, and the growing sensation of fright” she says. “The aura that is, in my opinion, arrestingly permeates Ben’s track ’’The Kraken’, and the one I found at this temple in Cambodia: enigmatic and alarming, especially if experienced at dawn, when the surroundings are still indistinct under the veil of slowly dissolving darkness.”

‘Heat & Entropy’ was the first Ben Chatwin record to be domestically released and marks the start of a new chapter for the Queensferry, Scotland based musician. Having previously released under the name Talvihorros, Chatwin is already known for his innovative combination of electronic experimentation and modern classical composition.

Initially, Heat & Entropy was intended to be an album using only strings of any possible type, forcing him to explore using lesser-known instruments, and, perhaps more importantly, the way in which he used them. Despite the unique sounds and textures Ben found amongst the strings, eventually the lure of electronics proved too great. “The album then became about the tensions between the acoustic, or natural world, and the electronic world.”

Chatwin refers to Heat & Entropy as “an album of contrast, conflict and chaos, but also of complex relationships.” His achievement is in how he’s able to allow melody to rise above the maelstrom as the main focus of his compositions. It’s an album of experimentation, of delicately contrasting the organic with the artificial, and ultimately of great beauty and sophistication.

Live dates:
Feb 25thUnion Chapel, LONDON – Daylight Music session @ 12pm midday. FREE ENTRY (More info)


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