Ben Howard has released another two tracks from his Collections From The Whiteout album today - "Far Out" and "Follies Fixture" - as well as announcing two London shows for autumn.
Howard says of "Far Out", "The song is essentially a critique of how easily people are drawn to violence and animosity without reason, just to pass the time. And ultimately how there is perhaps a simpler, more fulfilling path. I wanted it to have a very British rhyming slang feel and a Roald Dahl sense of macabre humour. I fear my tinkering with it has made it a little more plain and serious."
He adds of "Follies Fixture", ""Follies Fixture" is a love song. It deals with an apathetic period of my life searching for routine in Paris."
As well as releasing the new songs today (26 February), Howard has announced two new London shows at the Royal Festival Hall on 18 and 19 September. Tickets go on general sale on 5 March via benhowardmusic.co.uk.
Collections From The Whiteout will follow Howard's 2018 album Noonday Dream, and was produced alongside Aaron Dessner of The National, who also worked with Taylor Swift on her recent Evermore and Folklore albums.
Howard's fourth album marks the first time "Ben has opened the door to production outside of he and his bands closer confines."
As well as featuring some musical additions by Dessner and Howard's longtime guitarist Mickey Smith, the album includes contributions from Yussef Dayes, Kate Stables (This Is The Kit), James Krivchenia of Big Thief, Thomas Bartlett (St. Vincent), and Rob Moose (Bon Iver, Laura Marling, Phoebe Bridgers), among others.