Ben Alexander cites Bon Iver, Michael Jackson, Röyksopp, and Hans Zimmer as influences. With a musical background that covers classical piano, guitar, and drums, he has embarked on a series of collaborations recently, including The Painter with Norway’s Mörmaid.
The Painter, which he says is a “song about perception and how people often get their reality ‘painted’ in limited ways that in turn limits themselves,” is drenched with beautifully expressed emotion. Mörmaid’s vocals have a quality to them that wouldn’t be amiss on a 60’s torch song yet is a perfect fit for the very modern, electronic arrangement. And what an arrangement – sumptuous, full of warmth, yet possessed of a human scale as it explores a sonic dreamscape that invites favourable comparisons to The Knife and Röyksopp.