I discovered Benjamin Booker’s music last year and it struck me as a beautiful combination between early Kings of Leon, a distorted James Brown, hints of The Gun Club and a masculine Alabama Shakes. It’s bluesy, melodic, explosive garage rock with some stylish use of light and shade.
Last year Booker dropped his self-titled debut album, produced by Andrija Tokic – same dude who produced Alabama Shakes’ break-through album, Boys and Girls. That’s probably why the drums and the guitars are so beautifully saturated and distorted.
“Slow Coming” is the perfect soundtrack for a Monday: reminding you that although the world is a fucked up, unfair place – just remember to keep calm, because the “future is slow, slow coming”.
The album’s got some pretty energetic songs to boogie to [“Violent Shiver”, “Chippewa”, “Wicked Waters”] – but the real magic happens when Booker gets introspective on the sweaty, slow-ooze burners like “Slow Coming” and “By The Evening”. Listen: