'episode' is a majestic, multi-faceted and emotionally wrenching record born out of a period of profound personal upheaval. In 2019 Blaenavon, the much-beloved band with whom he released two widely acclaimed albums, was dissolving and Gregory was receiving treatment in psychiatric hospitals. The album began to come together during his recovery. With breath-taking instrumentals and dark, insightful lyrics, Gregory – with the help of producer and old friend Blaine Harrison of Mystery Jets and engineer Matt Twaites – pushed his music to genre-bending limits.
episode was written over a ten-day period, the eight songs that would become the album sprawled out across the vast emotional spectrum Gregory had experienced in the months beforehand. It was important, he says, “that the representations of different emotions highlight those emotions at their most extreme. That’s how it’s been for me generally, especially during and after bipolar episodes. Depression that couldn’t possibly ever end, guilt that you’ll never get over, yearning that will never be fulfilled, love that will last forever. Silly things like that.” episode is a record of unbelievable capacity, in which is to be found true catharsis; the type of record that does not come around often.
Ben will be performing at a select few in-stores around the release of ‘episode’. Full list below.
In store dates:
08.04 - London, Rough Trade West
11.04 - Bristol, Rough Tradel
12.04 Porstmouth, Pie and Vinyl
13.04 - Kingston, Banquet Records