Broadwing, a.k.a Ben Allen from Australia’s remote Northern Territory town of Alice Springs has been quietly making waves over the past three years as he prepared his debut EP Pinhole Camera.
Producing his own music, videos and visual art from his back room at home, Allen has taken tentative steps to reveal his material to the world, but is finally making his first full artistic statement with Pinhole Camera.
Broadwing was first brought to light with attention from Australia’s national youth radio network triple j‘s “Home and Hosed” host, Dom Alessio, who said “An incredible talent from the middle of Australia… what’s more impressive is that it’s just one guy!”
Off the back of that attention, Allen was chosen from 900 entrants as the winner of the 2012 APRA Tropscore competition, and went on to perform his work in front of an audience of 90,000 at the internationally renowned short film festival Tropfest at Sydney’s Domain. Allen was also invited to attend the triple j APRA Song Summit that year, to participate in a roundtable discussion featuring Gotye and Adalita Srsen.
A taste of upcoming material “Anodyne” was dropped on triple j Unearthed in February resulting in music director Dave Ruby Howe stating: “Ben is an immense talent – you can hit play on a new one from him and expect inventive, engaging things.”
Following on from “Anodyne”, Allen continues to embrace his unkillable DIY aesthetic, producing the clip for Broadwing‘s new single “The Virus In” entirely by himself, from conception to completion.
Allen‘s songs feature an amalgamation of organic, live instrumentation and electronic software integration, all recorded in his home – live, however, Broadwing has showcased a range of performances from stripped back acoustic shows to more involved electronically aided performances.
Broadwing‘s debut EP Pinhole Camera is slated for release on June 6 through MGM Distribution.
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