I received Benjamin Shaw's new album ‘Summer In The Box Room’ in the mail today (out on new label Glass Reservoir) and it is a fine piece of lovely DIY packaging. I know Ben put a lot of blood, sweat, and beers (well, probably more likely wine) into the hand crafted artwork, and you can really tell. It is quite fantastic.
I would tell you to rush over to Bandcamp and snag yourself a copy of the physical CD… but they sold out of CDs before it was even released (of course, you can still cop yourself the digital version). So instead, I will tell you to rush over to Norman Records, as you can still find some physical copies available there.
I was kind of hoping this album would arrive in time for Valentines Day, so I could put it on during my Valentines Day supper. Now, if you have listened to this record —accurately described on Norman Records as an album of “loops and tape hiss that evokes the claustrophobia of small rooms in big cities, sometimes terrifying, occasionally broken by unfounded hope”— or if you have been watching any of the videos that Ben has put together for the tracks on the album (so far there are 6), you might think that me and my girlfriend have a very dark romance. But that's only a half truth (see toothpaste instance from yesterday for an example of the dark parts).
You see, I had to work on Valentines Day. So my Valentines supper consisted of me eating a steak bake in front of a computer. At the reception desk of a hostel. By myself. And ‘Summer In The Box Room’ is the perfect soundtrack to those kind of moments in life (which is why you'll find a track from this album mixed into the recent Valentines special of Mix Tape Radio).