Ben Brookes Illuminates With New Album “The Motor Car & The Weather Balloon”.
Hailing from the southern shores of Portsmouth, Ben Brookes is looking to make a name for himself with a blend of suave vocals and creative instrumentation. This singer-songwriter started writing and performing his own music at the tender age of 11. Ben’s influences lay deep in old-school grounds. Now Brookes ready to bring his unique brand of rock to the world at large with his latest album The Motor Car & The Weather Balloon.
Listeners looking for a more considered brand of indie rock will thoroughly enjoy Brooke’s stripped down yet emphatic style. Citing bands like Pink Floyd and The Beatles among his influences, Ben captures a melodic simplicity peppered with 90s Britannia youth, lifted with a Smiths-esque groove that’ll keep your foot tapping throughout the evening. He’s best-regarded for his sharp hooks and indie-pop melodies, cut with dark heartfelt abandon of love and hope.
With the help of a new Minneapolis-based label, Martin-Guild, Ben came to America and recorded his first full-length album ever. The Motor Car & The Weather Balloon comes to life with help from some of the finest musicians in the Midwest, including drummer Michael Bland, who, in addition to playing with Prince, has played for Johnny Lang, George Benson, Chaka Khan, The Dixie Chicks, and Soul Asylum. Also credited on Ben’s record are Greg Inhofer, who played keyboards on Bob Dylan’s album Blood On The Tracks, and Badfinger guitarist — whose rich history includes playing with George Harrison on his award-winning solo album All Things Must Pass — Joey Molland.
With an all-star cast of musicians backing him, Ben Brooke’s etches out a distinguished and infectious sound for himself. The UK native draws on past experiences and current events in a bold way to create a palatable mix of songs and ballads that lover’s of authentic rock will truly enjoy. My personal favorite track from Brooke’s is his topical hit “Intergration” which came out earlier this year, which is a social examination of our currently dissonant global landscape. Brooke’s has a very honest approach to songwriting reminiscent of the great Bob Dylan himself, insightful without being overly preachy.
The album was produced by Mark Healey (Badfinger) and the results are amazing. The line-up of musicians brought extraordinary talent and influence to the music. “Ben brings incredible power and raw emotion, as well as a remarkable ability to tell a story through each and every song on the album,” Mark said. “He was a joy to work with.”