By Kieran Webber
The much anticipated album from the Brighton based Ben Webb (Jinnwoo) dropped earlier in the month and has impressed fans new and old. ‘Strangers Bring Me No Light’ is a deeply personal account of his father’s passing, mental health and sexuality, through the music it is clear this all comes from a very personal space.
The album offers an insight into the thoughts of Ben a rare glimpse into the deepest, darkest corners of his psyche and as much as it is foreboding it has a strange lure. It is the mystery that surrounds his music that constantly tickles your curiosity and no matter how hard you try to turn away his music pulls you back in.
Opening with ‘Solo’ the album throws you into the chasm of despair, from the get go you are thrown into the mind of Ben. He sings ‘It’s been four years now’ and somehow I feel like I am there with him having this memory of sadness, accepting the fate of loneliness as the lyrics ‘I am Solo Man’ repeat.
It’s not all sombre though, Ben proves that he can write a cheery tune one that actually rivals the likes of Mumford & Sons. ‘Woman’ is a beautifully crafted track sees the vocals take a step towards power, this is Jinnwoo at his most confident and it is truly beautiful.
It would be very easy for me to waffle on about how amazing an album this is, about how emotive and heart wrenchingly beautiful the music is albeit haunting at times, I could talk in length about the unique sounds of Jinwoo’s voice and music but truth be told it wouldn’t do it justice as ‘Strangers Bring Me No Light’ is an album that needs to experienced. I urge anyone and everyone to listen to this album it is an unsettling masterpiece.