RELEASES VIDEO FOR “DEAR LIFE”
ANNOUNCES “OFF THE ROAD WITH BRENDAN BENSON” LIVE STREAM SERIES
NEW EPISODES THURSDAYS ON YOUTUBE AT 10:20PM BST
NEW ALBUM ‘DEAR LIFE’ OUT VIA THIRD MAN RECORDS OUT NOW
STREAM IT HERE
Brendan Benson has released the video for ‘Dear Life’, the title track from his first solo LP in seven years, out now via Third Man Records.
Benson has also announced a new weekly live stream series called “Off The Road With Brendan Benson,” which will air on Thursdays at 10:20pm BST via his YouTube Channel, starting now. Fans can count on future episodes consisting of performances of songs from a certain album, answering fan questions, or taking a tour through the creative process.
Benson finds himself in an enviable spot as he enters the third decade of a remarkably creative, consistently idiosyncratic career – an accomplished frontman, musician, songwriter, producer, band member, husband, and dad. ‘Dear Life’ marks this consummate polymath’s most inventive and upbeat work thus far, an 11-track song cycle about life, love, family, fatherhood, and the pure joy of making music. Produced and almost entirely performed by Benson at his own Readymade Studio in Nashville, the album sees the Michigan-born, Nashville-based artist – and co-founder, with Jack White, of The Raconteurs – revelling in a more modernist approach than ever before, fueled by a heady brew of cannabis, hip-hop, and a newly discovered interest in software drum programming. The result is an untapped playfulness that elevates expertly crafted songs like the future funk-fueled opener, “I Can If You Want Me To,” and the ecstatic “Richest Man Alive” with voluble arrangements, elastic grooves, and incandescent power. Imbued with revitalized ambition and confidence, ‘Dear Life’ is Brendan Benson at his very best.
“There’s something about this record,” Benson says. “A friend of mine called it ‘life-affirming.’ I thought it was a joke at first but then realized, well, it’s about life and death for sure. I don’t know if that’s positive or optimistic or whatever, but that’s what’s going on with me”.