David Benjamin Blower
Apocalyptic Lockdown Blues: Part II
One of the few truly compelling songwriters remaining in the world is David Benjamin Blower. I mean, I could attempt to draw your attention to his new record, Apocalyptic Lockdown Blues: Part II, with my archetypal panic laden, working way too hard to be workaday, imposter-y prose. I know what I do. Or I could begin by simply copy and pasting the opening lines from Home, on of four tracks on his new bandcamp release, Apocalyptic Lockdown Blues: Part II
Do you feel them: the Angels of the future, poised for war?
Hanging over the paralysed present. And everyone is
Stood on their toes, and setting their anxious jaws,
straining to see beyond the moving wall of time, the horizon
With nine full minutes of entertainment, Home, is Hurricane-esque in it’s ambition. It clanks, it bellows, is slides into view, it’s portentous heart worn high on its sleeve. David says that Apocalyptic Lockdown Blues is an EP of songs feeling out the world, since lockdown drifted vaguely into a time of ambiguous griefs and uncertainties.
In some ways David Benjamin Blower makes Nick Cave’s Bible Bashing sound like the mumblings of a neophyte. Dilettante dabbling. And I hope that you do not infer from that any disrespect for the awesome Nick Cave. One of the few performers these days I’d leave the house for, or invite over. It remains that David Benjamin Blower is your actual theologian. He's probably dishing out sacraments somewhere as you read this…
Hear/Buy Apocalyptic Lockdown Blues: Part ll on Bandcamp