Gomez's Ben Ottewell: Solo Album


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Ben Ottewell, one of several singer/songwriters in the British rock band Gomez, will release 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.

Shapes & Shadows will be available on CD and in MP3 or FLAC digital formats, and is available individually or bundled with an exclusive t-shirt and a five-track digital EP containing acoustic versions of four of the songs from the album plus a special cover song. This EP will be available to download on the album's release date. All pre- orders of Shapes & Shadows will also receive the track "Lightbulbs" as a free MP3 download at the time of purchase. You can pre-order the album and stream "Lightbulbs" now at www.benottewell.com.

Ottewell collaborated with childhood friend Sam Genders, previously of Tunng, on the ideas that became Shapes & Shadows. Otwell 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."

A U.S. solo tour in 2011 is currently being planned; details will be announced in the new year.

Shapes & Shadows Tracklist
1. Shapes & Shadows
2. Lightbulbs
3. All Brand New
4. Blackbird
5. Chicago
6. No Obstacles
7. Chose
8. Step Right Back
9. Take This Beach


[Published on: 12/20/10]

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