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Australian artist Ben Abraham, whom the Sydney Morning Herald calls “one of the best new male voices,” debuts a new Oh Yeah Wow-directed video for “You And Me” today. “You And Me” is the first track from Abraham’s debut album Sirens, set for release March 4 on Secretly Canadian.
Zane Lowe premiered “You And Me” this past week on Beats 1, praising Abraham’s “Beautiful songs from a debut album [written] whilst working in a hospital.”
“I jumped at the chance to work with Oh Yeah Wow because Darcy, Josh and the OYW team have consistently released some of the most visually inventive and beautiful Australian music videos I’ve seen,” says Abraham of making the video.
“I knew working with this crazy team of visionaries would produce something truly special—which feels important as our lives become more saturated with mindless video content. They somehow managed to capture the intimacy, scope and melancholy of the song and I’m really excited for people to see that breathtaking final shot.”
Abraham recorded and produced Sirens in Melbourne with the help of friends and longtime collaborators Jono Steer and Leigh Fisher. The album also features a collaboration with Sara Bareilles, who Abraham connected online and struck up a friendship with several years ago, on “This Is On Me” as well as additional production from Gotye’s Wally De Backer on “Speak.”
Abraham brought his live show, which Tone Deaf calls “disarming” and “truly stunning,” to the U.S. for the first time at last year’s CMJ. Abraham backs up his voice with only guitar and harmonium, in the vein of “Cat Stevens, If Donny Hathaway and Cat had a baby and he hung out with Sufjan Stevens and Feist,” Abraham says. Abraham was recently featured in an installment of the acclaimed British Mahogany Sessions series.
Abraham is set to return to the U.S. this year for a full tour to celebrate the release of his album. You can watch the video for his other single Home here: http://bit.ly/1PxGUaX
Since he began writing songs while working in a hospital, Abraham has collaborated with Ta-ku, Wafia, Gotye and more and recorded an album. The son of Indonesian folk-pop stars, he has risen to prominence in his hometown of Melbourne and throughout Australia through his much lauded live performances, where his voice and talent has consistently blown audiences away.
3. I Belong To You
5. You And Me
7. To Love Someone
9. This Is On Me (feat. Sara Bareilles)
11. Somebody’s Mother
13. A Quiet Prayer
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