Ben features on the K&A Podcast

I had the absolute honour and joy to be asked to be interviewed for the K&A podcast. Aidan and Karl were kind enough to trash Travis, give me free beer and ask me a ton of questions. A fantastic podcast, a great catch up and it’s FREE.

How to listen to the podcast:

1) Search for 'K&A Podcast' on your favourite iTunes/podcast app. There's more than one though, so keep an eye out for our profile picture.

2) Directly through our website: http://aidanhampson.co.uk/ka-podcast/

3) Using the RSS feed: http://aidanhampson.co.uk/ka-podcast?format=rss

Archive Review from Logo Magazine

A review of Archive by Dlugokecki from Alan Downes, Logo Magazine

It’s too early to speak of a career renaissance, but there is definitely an air of renewal around Dlugokecki. Prompted perhaps by the release of Archive, a select career-overview spanning over fifteen years of recordings, it feels like the exercise of selecting these songs has encouraged a look inward and resulted in a revitalisation. That is now however, and this release is all about then, and how we got here.

Ben Dlugokecki fashions tales of love, loss and isolation – classic singer-songwriter fare – but within these sagas he manages to infuse copious amounts of joy. From that friction springs a sense of mystery that demands attention, and so you listen a little more closely, and an hour later you discover yourself an hour older, and a little bit wiser. There is real depth to these songs, they are shadowy and, occasionally, surprisingly demanding, and yet they are radiant, demanding repeat listening. That, of course, is what separates great music from the throwaway fare of the top 40.

It is easy to trace the arc of Ben’s journey here, from the raw optimism of his earliest recordings through to today’s full-band productions, the result, surely, of close observation of the bands with which he has shared a stage: Snow Patrol and David Gray among them. There will be no lazy comparisons here though, because they would be inappropriate; no, what Dlugokecki has honed through his years of experience is an ear and an eye. An ear for melodies that push against his lyrics, and an eye on what his audience is reacting to, giving them more of what they didn’t even realise they wanted. If you’re looking for a way in, the rapturous ‘Save My Soul’ is the place to start – Ben knows it too, it’s the opening track.

So here we are in 2018, a chapter is being drawn to a close with the release of Archive, and yet it isn’t the end of the story. Part two, if I may call it that, begins with the release of the current single ‘The Bliss’. It’s an effortless progression, not a diversion. The sense of elation is vivid, the joy more alive, and there’s drama here too. Live, it’s an anthem in waiting, and a springboard to greater things. It’s not on the album though, so that’s two records you’ll need to buy, and buy them you will.

THE BLISS - SINGLE & VIDEO OUT NOW!

Download / Stream our new single NOW. If you SHARE the video you will recieve a piece of the original artwork from the video when you attend a Dlugokecki show in the future. Thank you & enjoy, it was a pleasure making this!

YouTube: https://youtu.be/xcXtcx_F83Q

Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2yK9Flz

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2PGoZaq

Deezer: https://bit.ly/2QXoVmB

Buy our Greatest hits: https://dlugokecki.bigcartel.com/

Video

Artwork by Mary Steele

Animation by Mary Steele & Ben Dlugokecki

Editing by Ben Dlugokecki

Music

Written by Ben Dlugokecki

Performed by Ben Dlugokecki, Tim Jackson, Aidan Hampson, Boyd, Lottie Cuthbert & Stu Brewer

Produced by Tim Jackson

Mixed and Mastered by Glen Nichols

The Brook - 12th October (Supporting Stu Larsen)

I'm playing a short opening set for my friends Stu Larsen & Natsuki Kurai. These guys are simply amazing live and it's a privilage to open the show for these guys. Please arrive early to catch me, ticket details are below. 7.30pm start.

£11 Adv / £13 Door / Age 18 And Up (14+Accompanied)

Tickets:
https://the-brook.com/event-details/8392455/stu-larsen-natsuki-kurai/

Archive & Archive+ released on 15th June 2018

On June 15th 2018 we release ARCHIVE (CD) and ARCHIVE+ (Download/Streaming). These collections of songs feature all our favourite recordings including our singles ‘Save My Soul’, ‘We are Loved’, ‘Too Many Borders’ and ‘Putting the Tracks in front of the Train’.

The ARCHIVE (CD) includes a 14-page booklet detailing the timeline of the band and over 100+ photos. With every order of the CD before the 1st of June you will receive a free badge, keyring and signed ARCHIVE artwork print.

The ARCHIVE Track-listing:

Save My Soul
We Are Loved
Too Many Borders
Strobe Light
Putting the Tracks in front of the Train
Right time / wrong time
Set in Stone
Shine On
Calm before the Storm
48
Barricades
Hope Song
A heaven to believe in
You Don’t own me
Impossible Speeds
Ocean
All Stations
Insecure

Pre-order the CD here: http://dlugokecki.bigcartel.com/

ARCHIVE+ (Download/Streaming) is an epic 50 song collection of Dlugokecki songs that includes 10 recordings from our ARCHIVE live performances from The Vestry, Southampton in 2014.

You will be able to pre-order the download soon.

The Dlugokecki trio will also be performing in June to coincide with the release. Catch us live here:

June 15th - Pews, Guildford
June 16th - The Talking Heads, Southampton (supporting COAST)
June 28th - Jags, Portsmouth
June 29th - 93 Feet East, London

We are also releasing weekly videos of our 'Archive' concert for the next few months. Please help us out by sharing these videos! 

Thank you for your continued support, much love!

Ben Dlugokecki, May 2018