Songwriter and composer Ben Osborn returns with his new single ‘The Fire’ and b-side Jane. It’s his first solo release since his 2019 debut album Letters from the Border. Today, we are debuting the haunting accompanying video, that fits this gently enveloping song that poetically speaks of hope amidst turmoil, watch it below.
‘The Fire’ is the first single to come out of his upcoming mini-album scheduled for early 2022 Composed in the early days of Covid-19, The Fire draws inspiration from the feeling of dread and apocalypse that the beginning of the pandemic triggered in many of us. The soft piano melody is enhanced by percussive tones emerging from the piano, complemented by an arrangement of analogue synthesisers, drum machines, live percussion and violins recorded at the Nonostar Studio in Germany.
Despite the feeling of fear and anxiety caused by the climate disaster that seems ahead of us, what truly transpires from The Fire is “a sense of hope, and a desire to keep dreaming and striving for a better world. This is a true love song, a song about how love can help us pull through hardships and bridge the distances we face.”
The Fire was produced by Ben Osborn along with Nonostar’s label head Alex Stolze, who also plays violin on the track. The beat includes samples from another Nonostar artist, Qruaer, making it a perfect fit for the label.
Ben Osborn is a writer, songwriter, composer and sound designer from Oxford, UK, now based in Berlin, Germany. Coming from a poetic folk song tradition, his work draws also from electronica and classical music to create a space in which highly personal and deeply political stories can be told. Ben’s debut album Letters from the Border was released in 2019 on Nonostar Records.