Benjamin Brackett

Benjamin Brackett

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Plangent, melancholy, and sweet - Benjamin Brackett infuses folk, pop, and indie-rock sensibilities into music that is at once deceptively simple and infused with grand themes. After laying low as a rhythm guitarist in various bands, he's finally released his debut solo album, Hear Ye Hear Ye.

Biography

Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Benjamin Brackett recorded his debut album over the course of one rainy week in Seattle, WA. Nestled within the confines of the famed Studio Litho, Brackett played all manner of instruments, laying down ten tracks that would make up the body of Hear Ye Hear Ye, released on December 18th through his own label, Casa De Stereo.

Combining influences that range from Wilco and The Band, to Elliott Smith and Big Star, Hear Ye Hear Ye deals with love, loneliness, and societal alienation through a series of vignettes that reveal grand themes within their own personal codes. Written over the course of three years while Brackett was a guitar player in various other bands, these songs were first recorded to four-track tape machine and stored in a closet shelf, until they slowly found their way into the hands of various friends and associates.

Soon after, Brackett was commissioned to turn these songs into a full length record for an upcoming label being started by a friend. The plans for that label fell through in the midst of Brackett starting work on the album, and the record was then finished and released on his own label, Casa De Stereo.

Lyrics

Silver Spoon

Written By: Benjamin Brackett

You wake up every day
Forget the words to say
And all the strangers come to you
To say they're just passing through

And every day it's the same face
In exactly the same place
Everyday it's the same face
In exactly the same place

I walked along the shore
Saw houses big and tall
I saw a child along the sand
While his mother just laid and tanned
She said, "Baby, don't you look so sad"
"Daddy's bringing home shopping bags"

Cause if you put em' in a mansion
Then they'll know what success is
Home is where the heart is
If you've got enough to buy it

You wake up every day
Forget the words to say
All the strangers come to you
To say they're just passing through

And everyday its the same face
In exactly the same place
Everyday its the same face
In exactly the same place
Home is where the heart is
If you've got enough to buy it

Weather Systems

Written By: Benjamin Brackett

I've seen you walking down the street
No need to blow up now, just be discreet
Don't compromise your goals for me
Because what was said
Was better off in my head

The forecast is looking dreary
And the past is looking gray
I think its best if I stay inside today

You're moving in to a brand new home
All alone
It seems your plan to up and go
Is full of holes
And I'm stuck down at the bar
And I forgot how to start the car

Last call for alcohol and I don't know where to begin
Should I walk home or stay our wandering?

You've Got The Market Cornered

Written By: Benjamin Brackett

Down the dock, on the southern harbor
There's the people you love to hate
And they're stuck on the southern harbor
Until they learn from their mistakes

And I'm visiting again
Just stay away from them

Up the road, toward the northern war scene
There's some friends who love to hear you speak
Because you've got the market cornered
And you rarely admit defeat

I'd put myself to death
To stay away from them

I'd put myself to death
To stay away from them

Cold Comfort Farm

Written By: Benjamin Brackett

We're playing lost and found
While wandering around
The situation's over
Bury me now

If there was still a chance
Well, I'll never know now

My clothes were washed and worn
On cold comfort farm
Your explanation's starting
To lose all of it's charm

If I had half a chance
I would take it fast

I'm building a ship in a bottle
Building a ship in a bottle

If I had half chance
I would take it fast

Discography

"Hear Ye Hear Ye" - 2007
"House and Home EP" - 2006 (concert only)

Set List

-Cold Comfort Farm
-You've Got The Market Cornered
-Silver Spoon
-Boots of Spanish Leather (Bob Dylan cover)
-A Fireworks Display
-Pins and Hooks
-Quiet As I Can
-Let Down (Radiohead cover)
-Homesick Love Song
-House and Home