Debut releases can be tough. Many artists take a while to land on a concrete sound, hence debut releases often lack direction. Kathmandu-born and Sydney-based artist Banwidth, however, is not one of these artists. In an incredibly short amount of time, the artist has crafted a sound that feels simultaneously grounded and explorative—it’s rooted in indie-rock, but reaches far wider.
With the release of his debut EP The First Four, he has immediately established his penchant for crafting endearing sonic gems. Here’s a hot tip from the Happy Mag team: keep an eye on this name, we’re expecting big things.
On his brilliant debut EP The First Four, Sydney-based singer-songwriter Banwidth crafts a boundless slice of folk-rock magic.
Throughout the new EP, Banwidth glides effortlessly through a unique blend of alt-rock, blues and folk, delivering something uniquely his own. With earthy guitar tones, cleverly placed percussion, and honest lyricism, The First Four is a collection of pure sonic magic.
Across the EP’s four-track run-time, the singer-songwriter exhibits his boundless musical scope. He pulls in myriad sonic directions, never letting his music sit in one place for too long. Vodka is an earnest and light-hearted reflection on its namesake, roping in dreamy acoustic guitar flourishes. Lonely Nights is a defiant anthem for nights spent in loneliness, leaning more heavily on rhythmic folk sounds.
By the time the EP’s closing track Lullaby reaches its conclusion, you’ll have been roped in completely by Banwidth’s endearingly open brand of music.
These still may be early days for this Sydney songwriter, but judging by the quality of everything we’ve heard so far, I think we can safely expect plenty more great tunes. In the meantime, do yourself a favour and listen to the EP above.