Nashville-based musician Ben Folds is most known as the leader of the ’90s/00’s alternative pop group Ben Folds Five. Eventually, Folds launched his solo career in 2008, releasing six studio albums, during which he wrote one of his most successful hits “Rockin’ the Suburbs“.
With a number of collaboration albums under his belt, Folds has now teamed up with New York City sextet yMusic for his upcoming album So There, set to hit shelves September 11th (the day before his 49th birthday) via his new own label New West Records.
Premiering the forthcoming record, Folds’ nostalgic melancholy lyrics and piano pop melodies have returned for the new single “Phone in a Pool”. Branded as a mix of chamber pop and alternative pop, the new single was appropriately inspired by a time he lost his cellphone in a swimming pool.
“I was sick of being tethered to it and feeling guilty for not answering people while I had been on stage. Realized that was silly and impulsively tossed it…I didn’t think anyone was around to have seen this, but as it turns out, Ke$ha was there and dived in with all her clothes on, retrieved the phone and then advised me to put it in rice to dry out.” – Wall Street Journal
You can pre-order the album and receive “Phone in a Pool” and “Capable of Anything” instantly. A deluxe vinyl edition will be available; only 250 will be pressed. Included in the two-disc, 180g-vinyl packages will be four RC silver prints hand-selected by Folds, plus a silver gelatin black and white fiber board print autographed by him.
So There is now available! Read the Dusty Organ review and order your copy.
Sept 12 – NASHVILLE, TN @ Live On The Green (w/ yMusic)
Sept 14 – SEATTLE, WA @ The Moore (w/ yMusic)
Sept 15 – PORTLAND, OR @ Roseland Theater (w/ yMusic)
Sept 16 – SAN FRANCISCO, CA @ The Warfield (w/ yMusic)
Oct 1 – AUGUSTA, GA @ Westobou Festival (w/ Symphony Orchestra Augusta)
Oct 30 – MIAMI, FL @ UM Maurice Gusman Concert Hall (w/ Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra)
Dec 4 – WASHINGTON, DC @ Kennedy Center (w/ National Symphony)
Dec 8 – WINSTON-SALEM, NC @ Lawrence Joel Coliseum (w/ Piedmont Wind Symphony)