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Lovitt Records lov24 Ben Davis The Hushed Patterns of Relief

Ben Davis
Vocals, Organ, Rhodes, Lap Steel Guitar
Jonathan Fuller
drums
Nicole Gehweiler
Upright Piano, Organ Vocals
Matt Long
Electric Guitar
Andy Herod
Electric & Acoustic Guitars, Vocals
Tom Laney
Bass
Amy Domingues
Cello
10
songs
Released:
2001

You might recognize Ben Davis from his chaotic, noisy punk rock roots. You might know him as the guy in Sleepytime Trio who would smash his bass on the ground. You might remember him as the man in Milemarker who lit his drums on fire. You will definitely change your perception about him after hearing The Hushed Patterns of Relief. Where Sleepytime Trio and Milemarker reveled fiercely in blasts and squalls, Bens newest opus as a frontman finds him nursing tender melodies and tending to lush harmonies.

The Hushed Patterns of Relief is Bens first record and evolved from a quiet solo effort into a full- fledged band project. After Sleepytime Trio dispersed, Ben founded Milemarker, who toured and recorded furiously for a couple of years. As Milemarker began touring even more relentlessly, Ben discovered he was going to become a father. The remaining members of Milemarker relocated to Chicago, while Ben decided to stay in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and prepare for birth and fatherhood. He began amassing a collection of slow, melodic, introspective songs written primarily on the piano and realized he longed to perform live again. Asking several friends to learn his songs, he noticed each person who collaborated with him brought unique and creative influences. Songs grew, changed, and developed out of these sessions; after requests for an actual release and several shows, Ben decided to take the band into the studio. What has resulted is a tightly-knit collaboration of musicians and Bens original vision for the record. Cello, lap-steel guitar, and piano accentuate the recurring motifs that rise and swell throughout the record.

  1. Finally I Stand
  2. What Drifitng Will Do
  3. Black And White Parade
  4. Poised And Determined
  5. Misdirection
  6. Work of Many
  7. Conclude This Moment
  8. Coats Need Rest Too
  9. Your Terms Are Now Mine
  10. Wrestling Will Not Help
  11. On The Face Of It
  12. Minding Ones Business
  13. You Won't Feel A Thing
Recorded at
Salad Days Studios
Produced by
Ben Davis & Brian McTernan
Mastered at
West West Side