In the mood for some psychedelic, atmospheric tunes? Great, check out the smooth tracks of Ben Stevenson, a Toronto-based Soul/Psychedelic/R&B artist signed under Culvert Music. Stevenson’s been around since he dropped his EP Dirty Laundry in 2014, but he’s back again this year with new album Cara Cara, set to release September 22. As he claims, “this is the album I feel most creatively connected to. I’ve been able to approach it with ample care and attention. There’s a blend of ideas that I’ve picked up in different contexts in the way this record was made, taking the lessons from the people I’ve worked with and applying them to making a record in the way I initially learned how to do it.”
Stevenson just premiered a new single from the album, “Yellow Bird,” last week on WhatYouth, who called it an “intimate, gorgeous single.” With its soft, relaxing sound, it’s pretty much the perfect song for a lazy weekend. Regarding the song, Stevenson had this to say: “I wrote my new song “Yellow Bird” in the California desert high above Joshua Tree where I was working with Adam Pavao in his desert hideaway studio. I feel the expanse of the land in the song, a song about freedom. It’s about realizing that reality is undefined, not fixed, and to experience liberation you have to rid yourself of attachment and expectation.” The track really does give off the feel he describes, but don’t just take my word for it. Check it out yourself by following the links below!
Also, “Yellow Bird” has already hit #4 on Spotify’s viral hits chart. It’s not the first time Stevenson’s had some recognition for his music. Back in 2015, he was a Juno Nominee for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year.
Keep an eye out for the release of Cara Cara next month, and for all other future releases by Ben Stevenson!