Premiere: Ben Watt, ‘Pearson Park – Deep Folk Mixtape, Vol. 4′

Wondering Sound Staff

By Wondering Sound Staff

on 11.19.14 in News

Ben Watt is perhaps still best known for his work as half of Everything But the Girl, but his roots (as that band’s earliest work indicate) are in folk music — specifically, the mystic strain of British folk popular in the late ’60s. In that sense, his ongoing “Deep Folk” mixtape series has been a return to his roots. Watt — whose latest solo record, Hendra was released earlier this year — blends together a string of beautiful, absorbing tracks, all of them with a mood of mystery and melancholy. The fourth installment is no different. The spare, lovely “The Wisp Sings” by Winter Aid dissolves into the soothing, prismatic “Pond i” by Jon Brooks. Itasca’s soft, stirring “Glass” morphs into Desertshore’s “Turtle Pond,” featuring a delicate, understated vocal by Mark Kozelek. The net effect is fully absorbing — a gorgeous collection of songs assembled by a master curator.

Ben Watt On Tour
12/1: Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
12/2: Phoenix, AZ – MIM Music Theater
12/3: Dallas, TX – Kessler Theater
12/4: Austin, TX – Cactus Cafe
12/6: Indianapolis, IN – Hi-Fi
12/7: Atlanta, GA – Eddie’s Attic
12/9: New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge w/ Porcelain Raft