Ben Ottewell, one of several singer/songwriters in the successful British rock band Gomez, released his first solo album, "Shapes & Shadows," via ATO Records on February 15, 2011. The nine tracks on "Shapes & Shadows" were co-produced by Ottewell and Will Golden and mixed by Tom Biller (Liars, Warpaint, Karen O) at The Chalet in Los Angeles.
While Gomez is a three-singer band, Ottewell's powerful tenor has graced many fan favorites, from early songs like "Get Miles" and "Revolutionary Kind" to the more recent singles "How We Operate" and "See The World." In one early profile, Rolling Stone declared, "Gomez's not-so-secret weapon is Ben Ottewell. His deep, raspy voice is spine chilling... more like an otherworldly bluesman than a baby-faced Brit." And GQ once wrote, "Ottewell's voice is not of this world. It is a deep, reverent baritone, the kind of voice that shakes windows."
Ottewell collaborated with childhood friend Sam Genders, previously of Tunng, on the ideas that became "Shapes & Shadows." As Ben explains, "Sam and I grew up together in a little village called Bonsall in Derbyshire and have been friends since childhood. I love his songwriting -- the stuff he did with Tunng and The Accidental, particularly lyrically. We've been wanting to do this sort of thing for a while now. Having grown up together, there is a strong theme of looking back or recollecting."
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