Words by Ben Blackburn
The first time Mr Ben Sir graced the pages of our Tipping Point was way back in September of last year, where he had just released his debut EP, entitled Transport EP. Received with many positive reviews, critics and fans alike praised the band for their acute sense of emotional intensity, drawing comparisons to The National and Ryan Adams. However for those who have only just discovered the Americana influenced acoustic styling of Mr Ben Sir, they simply describe themselves as a ‘North East of England Recording Collective’. This refreshing level of modesty, thankfully, still remains in their music and the release of their latest single ‘Cameras Don’t Click’ expresses this just as clearly as ever.
A slightly more light hearted effort than their previous release, ‘Cameras Don’t Click’ immediately strikes you with echoes of Ben Folds, both through the grounded yet jovial lyrics, and vocals which pertain an impassioned sense of vulnerability. What is so brilliant about Ben Folds is the fact he can compose and sing on a track, and when one listens it feels like he’s talking directly to you, from a position of perpetual resistance against the overwhelming nature of the world. Mr Ben Sir take this core characteristic and shape it into their own sound, maintaining an understated presence that takes at least three listens to truly appreciate. One feels that if Mr Ben Sir can maintain this exiting trajectory of progression, then they will certainly be one to watch in 2012