Ben Howard has shared his blissful new single, ‘Far Out’, with a song as luscious as that and with such a fitting title, it would be sacrilege not to name ‘Far Out’ as Far Out’s ‘Track of the Day’.
The song is the latest effort to be released from the acclaimed British singer-songwriter’s upcoming fourth studio album, Collections From The Whiteout. The album arrives on March 26th through Island Records. The new project was announced last month by Howard, accompanied by the lead single, ‘What A Day’, and followed shortly by the heartbreaking ‘Crowhurst’s Meme’.
Howard has shared ‘Far Out’ alongside another new track, ‘Follies Fixture’, which is the more spacious and expansive out of the two. There’s an irresistible allusive charm to the sharper and more vigorous ‘Far Out’ that makes it a blissful tonic for a Friday afternoon.
Speaking about ‘Far Out’, Howard comments: “The song is essentially a critique of how easily people are drawn to violence and animosity without reason, just to pass the time. And ultimately how there is perhaps a simpler, more fulfilling path. I wanted it to have a very British rhyming slang feel and a Roald Dahl sense of macabre humour. I fear my tinkering with it has made it a little more plain and serious.”
The acclaimed singer-songwriter pleads on the first verse, “Tell me is there vacancy, In the house beyond the green, I’m in the fountain of asking, I’m asking.”
The four-tracks released by Howard so-far from Collections From The Whiteout all hint towards his most advantageous record to date, which sees him explore new territory, especially from a lyrical standpoint. Howard has adopted a real laser-eye focus on the storytelling of each release, a base that knits them together and creates a cohesive picture of the album to come.
Check ‘Far Out’ and ‘Follies Fixture’ out below.