When I was 13 I spent a painful few weeks traveling through the desert of Australia in a campervan. A decade on it sounds incredible, but at the time I was trapped in a confined space with my family, armed with nothing but Agatha Christie novels to keep me occupied. I read more than I had in my entire life on that trip. When you’re stuck in pretty barren surroundings, you get creative. Case in point: Broadwing.
Self created, produced, edited, illustrated and released is the work by Ben Allen aka Broadwing. We’re stoked to support his new vid – our choice this week.
When I first heard Broadwing, I assumed they were a band. Wrong. You know what they say about assuming. Broadwing is a one man project by Ben Allen, who hails from the heat-saturated, dusty plains of the Northern Territory.
He has spent the past three years quietly working on his debut EP and organically building support from a number of institutions, most notably and passionately from triple j. Allen was the winner of the 2012 APRA Tropscore competition, which is a massive pat on the back to say the very least, and saw him perform in front of an audience of 90,000.
Now, he’s finally giving birth to his first-born musical child, an EP entitled Pinhole Camera. Allen is DIY to the core, having written, performed and recorded the entire thing himself. Plus, he also lends his hand to the concepts, illustrations and editing of his accompanying videos. Pretty impressive.
Today, we are happy to bring you the clip to his single The Virus In, our choice for Vid O’ the Week. Building sonic tension that is released in a crescendo of sound, the track is reminiscent of the early work of Counting Crows, with an electronic glitchiness that brings to mind the Icelandic group Múm.
The Virus In is taken from Broadwing’s upcoming and self-released EP Pinhole Camera, which is due out in June this year.
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