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Ben Evolent crafts a lively and folk-filled soundscape on Shiver

Northern Territory artist Ben Evolent (real name Joshua Tarka) has released his latest single Shiver, and its mellow and folky quality paints a sun-drenched folk soundscape ahead of his debut album Wanderous.

The introspective nature of the song reiterates Tarka’s ability to powerfully tell a story, which has solidified his place as one of Australia’s best folk/blues artists.

The Top End’s musical virtuoso Ben Evolent has released Shiver off his forthcoming debut album Wanderous, and it’s an emotive, toe-tapping, and lively tune.

With nods to John Butler Trio, Ben Howard and Boy and Bear, Ben Evolent is no newcomer to the Australian music scene, taking out the NT Song of the Year Award in 2016, occupying the no. 10 spot in the AMRAP charts for 2 weeks and receiving extensive airplay on national broadcaster triple j.

Speaking of the song, he said:

“Shiver was written in Timor Leste in 2017 after walking around the island of Atauro. Shiver is about the moments in life where a choice of left or right can be made. It is you taking the plunge knowing that you are in the right place doing the right thing.”

Expressing aspects of compassion for the people and the land, the intricate guitar melodies and steady drum patterns drive the song, with Tarka’s folky vocals effortlessly gliding above the instrumentation.

Ben Evolent definitely lives up to his name, and with the release of this new single, we can’t wait to hear Wanderlust in full.

Listen to Shiver below: