ARTIST : Ben Hobbs
ALBUM :Better Weather
RATING : 7/10
WORDS : Rob Kent
Ben Hobbs is here. But is he here to stay? Releasing an EP with an ever so British title; Better Weather during a time where all live music has come to a halt is not the ideal setting to promote new music. However, fans are left with more time on their hands than ever to enjoy new music and indulge in the latest offerings.
Better Weather is an EP that features a wide range of genres that all blend in unity to offer a bright and educated modern display of creativity. Although this is only four tracks to dive into, it is somewhat obvious that listeners will be left wanting more and anticipating a full length. Ben Hobbs has produced a creative body of work, even if it is small.
However, the questions of whether a slight lack of ambition has got in the way, maybe this EP has a very “play it safe” approach, but nevertheless it is fun and could absolutely take Ben Hobbs to a level where he needs to be, and it is now so very important he takes everything displayed on this EP and evolves at a rate that nobody is ready for.
Ben Hobbs is a man with a vision and knows exactly what he wants to achieve with his art
Entering immediately with an electronic approach to the soul and funk genres the tone is set straight away and the atmosphere on this is so warm and intriguing so fast and shows Ben Hobbs is a man with a vision and knows exactly what he wants to achieve with his art.
The opening and the title track showcase exactly just what he’s made of. Like every track on this EP, the groove is heavy and is in full motion within seconds. Hobbs has utilized textures and voices of a wide variety of instruments and fluctuated his vocal ability to provide a listening experience that everybody will enjoy.
Four tracks from this very forward-thinking musical approach is the ideal amount to wet the appetite in anticipation for a full length later this year
The synth lead melodies and the energetic rhythms from the drums and solid bass lines complement Hobbs’s voice very tastefully and provide for a very fresh sounding arrangement of songs. The overall persona of the music is very easy to indulge in with the pop songwriting approach taking an obvious lead role. It does leave a slightly bland impression at times, but not in the sense that this isn’t good music because it is. It does feel like a big push is missing from sections. Expanded upon drum ideas, a guitar solo, or more melody from the keys or that huge vocal push from Hobbs with key changes. Ben Hobbs will be a name that people will mention for the foreseeable future, but Hobbs must be braver than he has on Better Weather. His ideas and visions are clearly quite excellent but he must propel it to a level way above any of his peers.
Four songs from Ben Hobbs is enough for now. That is not a negative comment, it is fact in all honesty. Four tracks from this very forward-thinking musical approach is the ideal amount to wet the appetite in anticipation for a full length later this year. If Hobbs expands on the ideas portrayed on the EP, he absolutely has crafted a winning formula. Ben Hobbs is a name to pay attention to and get on board before he potentially becomes massive.
Better Weather is out now