Benjamin Booker’s new album ‘Witness’ is out now! Watch live sessions
Benjamin Booker‘s new album Witness is out now – stream it everywhere, or get the album on vinyl, CD, or digital. The follow-up to his critically acclaimed self-titled debut, Witness is “
an urgent synthesis of blues, gospel and soul … with a raw and unforgiving candor that’s reminiscent of downtown New York punk.”
Read the album review via NPR First Listen, which notes that on Witness, “Booker leans especially hard into the vintage soul-rock, gospel and blues that have underpinned his work from the start, folding R&B string arrangements and gospel piano into his guitar’s gritty rampage.”
Previously, Benjamin Booker shared the track “Believe” with an accompanying live session video and interview via TIME – check it out now.
Head to Mic to watch two new Benjamin Booker session videos for “Witness” and “Right On You”, recorded live at Providence’s Columbus Theatre with album producer Sam Cohen on guitar and several of the musicians who played on the album. Mic praises Booker’s music as “an urgent synthesis of blues, gospel and soul … with a raw and unforgiving candor that’s reminiscent of downtown New York punk.”
Download the studio versions of both tracks when you pre-order Witness, out June 2: http://smarturl.it/witness-preorder
Listen to “Right On You” via The FADER, which calls it “a staticky, high-tempo ballad that packs a punch”. Download “Right On You” instantly when you pre-order Witness.
Previously, Booker shared the title track ‘Witness’ featuring a guest vocal by Mavis Staples. Pre-order the new album “Witness” and instantly download the title track, or stream it now via Spotify or Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/witness-preorder
“The New Orleans-based songwriter — who’s favored a sound like the blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll mixed with gasoline and a lit cigarette — leans into more explicitly gospel territory here, letting his strepitous guitar take a backseat to an upright-piano melody and choral harmonies.”
On ‘Witness,’ Booker has created his most ambitious work yet by digging deep into his passion for eccentric soul, R&B, and blues – drawing on everything from William Onyeabor’s 70s African psych-rock to Freddie Gibbs and Pusha T, while never straying too far from the garage-punk intensity that made his self-titled 2014 debut such a creative breakthrough. The album’s ten new, original tracks were all written by Booker, produced by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby), and mixed by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes).
1. Right On You
3. Witness (feat. Mavis Staples)
4. The Slow Drag Under
5. Truth Is Heavy
8. Off The Ground
10. All Was Well