Singer-songwriter Ben Hewerdine to release new single
Dopamine is the new single from emerging indie act The Entertainment – aka Cambridgeshire singersongwriter Ben Hewerdine, which is set for release tomorrow (Friday, May 21).
The son of one of Cambridge’s favourite musical sons – acclaimed producer, songwriter and singer Boo Hewerdine – Ben has become a sought-after musician in his own right, having his songs recorded by the likes of Eddi Reader and Dan Whitehouse.
A member of Simon & the Astronauts, Ben has spent the last couple of years working with Simon Wells, Karine Polwart, Darden Smith and Findlay Napier to produce unique music fusing dream-pop, indie electronica and spoken word.
His solo material, released under the name The Entertainment, has Ben finding his stride through vulnerable storytelling and an indie pop sound. Written in response to a craving for dopamine, the new single captures Ben’s feeling of losing himself while on medication for depression. A personal tale with a universal theme, Dopamine is a bright and happy track with contrastingly ominous lyrics.
Ben said: “The words and music for this song were created out of the agony that comes with a severe lack of dopamine. This is a very real thing I deal with because of the medication I’m on and I wanted to use music to find that lift. I love the juxtaposition of happy music and sad lyrics and it worked perfectly for Dopamine.
“After working a while with Simon & the Astronauts, I wanted to break away and write something for myself that represents a happy melancholia. Once I began playing the track, it instantly felt right and I just went with it.”
Inspired to first write and play music at the age of 18 after hearing Father John Misty’s Fear Fun, influences on Ben’s writing also include indie pop band Montreal, singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson, American outfit Lemon Twigs and The Beatles.
The 26-year-old plays a vintage Italian organ on Dopamine. He is accompanied by Chris Pepper on drums, bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar and synth. Ben penned the music for the track in just half an hour, adding his lyrics a little later. It was recorded over the space of a week between Ben’s home and Saltwell Studios, just outside Huntingdon, in February 2021.
This new material from The Entertainment follows the release of his debut album, Romantic Comedy, in March 2020. Ben continues to evolve as a songwriter, while exploring themes of unrequited love and anxiety through the lense of mental health.
Ben Hewerdine has also written a play for BBC radio. Airing this summer, The Graveyard Shift was created in response to Ben’s lived experience of the mental healthcare system. He also plans to release a string of singles in 2021 under The Entertainer moniker.
Dopamine will be available to download and stream on all major platforms from tomorrow (Friday, May 21).
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