Acclaimed Australian songwriter and performer Ben Salter is returning to Aotearoa this month to promote his third solo album, Back Yourself.
He will be appearing at the Leigh Sawmill Cafe on Saturday, September 9.
Salter, who was a founding member of Giants of Science, The Gin Club and the three-time ARIA-nominated Wilson Pickers, is an accomplished artist in his own right.
His debut solo album The Cat (2011) and follow up The Stars My Destination (2015) established his penchant for eclectic, esoteric arrangements and sounds that take in elements of folk, rock, pop, jazz and country.
Salter has collaborated, written and performed with artists as diverse as Mick Thomas (Weddings, Parties, Anything), Tim Rogers (You Am I, The Temperance Union), Bernard Fanning (Powderfinger), Gareth Liddiard (The Drones) and Marlon Williams, to name a few.
The new album was made over a 12-month period at locations around Tasmania and continues some of Salter’s long held thematic preoccupations – love, dreams, Armageddon, video games; the ocean and the stars; the intersection of myth and science; and the nature of reality itself.
The final track, ‘End Of Days’, was written in Lyttelton with NZ songwriter and performer Marlon Williams.
Back Yourself features guest appearances by well known Australian guitarist and songwriter Jeff Lang, Peter “Blackie” Black of underground legends The Hard Ons, and Something for Kate drummer Clint Hyndman.