Experimental musician B.E.N releases new ambient LP ‘Be Easy Now’

The bassist and producer of experimental music known as B.E.N has released his latest LP record, “Be Easy Now.” The album contains six original instrumental tracks for an approximate listening time nearing one hour. It has been proudly published on the Crooked Pants Publishing independent music label without the involvement of the corporate music industry. Soothing, beautiful, and remarkable in its ability to carry the listener on bass lines alone, “Be Easy” is a mellow, mindful treatment of ambient music for 2017 and beyond.

Experimental music mastermind B.E.N has cited as main artistic influences Claude Debussy, Brian Eno, Radiohead, Bill Frisell, and Explosions in the Sky. While this distinguished roster colors him as a listener of much scope and perspective, the nods to Debussy and Eno have most in common with his “Be Easy Now” LP is concerned. Expansive, expressive and lush like the surface of an ocean, “Be Easy Now” is pleasant to hear in nearly every imaginable circumstance.

More than just ambient music, though, “Be Easy Now” is actually a work of meditation. Read from top to bottom, the track listings form a peaceful mantra not unlike those invoked by practitioners of yoga and Buddhism. They are, “Breathe In,” “Deep End,” “Be,” “Easy,” “Now,” and “Breathe Out.” Full-sounding yet minimalist in its composition, every sound on the LP was emitted from a bass guitar.

B.E.N’s music has been described as, “the musical expression of regular, everyday life in a way that is completely irregular.”

His current official bio names him as Benjamin Ryan Williams, “a Texas-born, Atlanta-bred bassist with a penchant for combining his influences into a solo experimental musical style that is unlike any other.”

B.E.N has been a full-time musician since 2010, and has been performing and recording bass with folk icons, Indigo Girls, since 2012. He is also a first-call session player in Atlanta for top-shelf hip-hop producers such as DJ Burn One and DJ Toomp. B.E.N has stated that touring with a Grammy-winning folk group while recording with Grammy-winning hip hop acts helped him see “a common thread about harnessing the energy of originality through music: the rules are man-made.”

“B.E.N composes music with nods to folk, impressionism, and the avant-garde,” says the artist’s official bio. “The music is entirely comprised of sounds from the bass guitar, exploring fresh and exciting boundaries for the instrument. With thoughtful harmony, odd song structures, and opaque timbres, listening to B.E.N’s music is at times as similar to reading poetry as it is listening to a performance. Oddity made accessible … In a time when the music industry seems to have no rules, B.E.N has even less.”

“Be Easy Now” by B.E.N is available online worldwide beginning 28 January 2017. Get in early, ambient music fans.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

“Be Easy Now” by B.E.N –
https://www.amazon.com/Be-Easy-Now-EP-B-e-n/dp/B01N9RL6WE/

Paul Best releases new world music LP ‘No Boundarys’

The composer and instrumentalist of world music and kirtan known as Paul Best has released his latest LP record, “No Boundarys.” The album contains eight original tracks for an approximate total listening time of a full hour. It has been proudly published on the Yatte Yattah Beat independent music label, entirely without support from the corporate music industry. Meditative, creative, calming and inspiring, “No Boundarys” is a fulfilling listen for fans of New Age music, world music, and kirtan music alike.

Known at home and abroad for playing what is perhaps best described as world music, Paul Best cites as main artistic influences mostly rock, such as that of Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, the Cure, Radiohead, and Bob Dylan.

“I have always loved listening to music,” writes the musician, who has been playing for more than three decades. “My tastes have expanded over the years, taking in many styles of music.”

This penchant for mixing his interests and exploring new sonic territories is a key component of “No Boundarys,” as the title succinctly communicates. Best’s new LP combines the traditional music styles of India with measured doses of electronic instrumentation and innovative, unorthodox techniques.

Speaking of this, Best writes, “This is an instrumental [record] that introduces sounds which most people have never heard, i.e. sitar, and sitar played with a bow – which turns it into a different instrument – combined with percussion and keyboard.”

“No Boundarys” is the latest addition to Paul Best’s growing world-music and New-Age repertoire, which contains eight CDs and DVDs. At different points his music has contained elements of kirtan, reggae, pop, rock, jazz, and music for meditation. He has performed as lead instrumentalist accompanying most known instruments in the world, and continues to produce music and background scores for film.

Hailing from the New South Wales area of Australia, he has founded his own music studio where he provides a low-pressure, high-tech recording service to small bands, as well as facilitating the editing or transfer of old material (tapes, etc.) to new mediums (CD, .MP3, etc.) [link provided below].

“Paul Best has created a relaxed professional musical environment,” states the official bio for his studio. “Being a particularly patient fellow, he caters to musicians who are novices at the recording process.”

“No Boundarys” by Paul Best is available online worldwide.

-S. McCauley

Lead Press Release Writer

http://www.MondoTunes.com

No Boundarys” by Paul Best –
http://www.amazon.com/No-Boundarys-Paul-Best/dp/B00OIK44VE/
Yatte Yattah Beat record label / Paul Best studio website –

www.pbsitar.info