Ben Pearce is ready to drop his first EP of 2017 entitled ‘Ascension’ on Different Recordings this April bringing with him an euphoric, emotive array of tracks.
The Manchester-based artist Ben Pearce is most synonymous with his 2012 cut ‘What I Might Do’, we aren’t going to dwell on that, class track end of. What many don’t know about Ben is his deeply sowed roots in underground electronic music. First and foremost Pearce is an accomplished Dj, playing alongside the likes of Simian Mobile Disco, Tensnake and Claptone and performing worldwide on a regular basis. His production discography leads us to remixes of the likes of Le Youth, Kwabs and Tender Games as well as original material on labels like Moda Black, More Than Alot and his own Purp & Soul label.
After a short hiatus last year due to Ben’s health, 2017 is probably the year he’ll make his most sincere and moving music. Studio time most probably has been a chance for Pearce to exercise his demons so to speak and this new 4-part concept series of which ‘Ascension’ kicks off is any audiophile’s dream.
The first track of the EP is ‘Intro’. This beatless introduction is a really striking piece of music, words like celestial, stargazing, ethereal all come to mind but really it sounds like Pearce has emptied his soul resulting in a waterfall of whispered speech wrapped up in experimental synth noises that come together perfectly. ‘Transit’ continues the flow from ‘Intro’ introducing a steady 4/4 drum sequence joined by that ever-present synth melodies that unfold into a littered, scampering sound once the break comes.
‘The Middle’ takes us on an arpeggiated journey of bubbling synth lines that brighten with time, creating perfect dancefloor moments for floors longing for paced, no-nonsense grooves. ‘Crescent’ rounds off the EP as Ben takes us by the hand into a night sky of dancing, bright synth lines and washed-out airy fx pads, bursting to life with roars of low-slung bass tones. There is a vocal version of ‘Crescent’ included that features the vocals of Swedish singer Elias, didn’t really do it for us but an interesting alternative.
Overall this is a very impressive EP from Ben and it’s hard not to get lost in elaborate, descriptive words when trying to get across the beauty of the EP. Maybe not everyone will hear what we hear, we just really wish you do. Bravo Ben.