Singer, songwriter, and recording artist Ben Lee will release his debut album for Warner Bros. Records, entitled Love Is the Great Rebellion, on June 2nd in the U.S. It is available for pre-order as of today here: http://smarturl.it/BenLeeLGB. In addition, the first single, “Big Love,” is now available from all digital retailers as well as on vinyl on April 18th for Record Store Day.
Love Is The Great Rebellion finds the Sydney, Australia, native making a sonic return to the heyday of his 2005 fan favorite album Awake Is The New Sleep, which went double-platinum in Australia and spawned the hit “Catch My Disease.” For the new album, Lee reteamed with Awake‘s producer Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Veruca Salt), who also produced several of Lee’s nine solo albums, including 1995’s Grandpaw Would, 1997’s Something to Remember Me By, and 2009’s The Rebirth of Venus.
Ben Lee first gained prominence in the US at the ripe old age of 14 years, when his self-recorded / DIY single “I Wish I Was Him” with band Noise Addict caught the attention of Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and the Beastie Boys’ Mike D. Moore’s Ecstatic Peace! imprint issued Noise Addict’s 10″ vinyl EP, Def in 1993. In 1995, the Beasties fledgling label Grand Royal followed with the release of their Young & Jaded EP.
Lee says that the first lines of the album track “Victory” sum up the spirit of the self-reflective Love Is The Great Rebellion. “It is an album about mistakes, about looking at our past errors clearly and soberly,” he says. “But is also an album about rectification, about the correction of those mistakes, and the undeniable spring of hope that is available to each of us in the form of fresh starts and new beginnings.”
Lee describes the single “Big Love” as his “ukulele techno song.” “I went my 10-year-old niece’s birthday party and saw all these kid dancing to these upbeat club bangers,” he recalls. “I thought it’d be great to take some of that energy, the sensual rush of electronic music, which is something I’d always been interested in, and meld it with something more philosophical and emotional. The song was inspired by the fact that, for so much of my life, I’d looked outside of myself for answers, and the key experience for me before making this album was beginning to have some semblance of understanding that whatever truth there was could be found inside. So ‘Big Love’ is just a fun tribute to the inspiration that can be found within each of our human hearts.” Listen to more of Lee’s track-by-track commentary about the songs on Love Is The Great Rebellion here.
In addition to gearing up for the release of Love Is The Great Rebellion, Lee has also just self-released A Mix Tape From Ben Lee, which is available for download HERE. Fourteen years in the making, the Mixtape features vocal contributions from Zooey Deschanel, Ben Folds, Azure Ray, Sean Lennon, Neil Finn, and others. The Mixtape recordings are available on a “donate what you want” basis, beginning at $1, with all proceeds going to the Q’Ero Project, which supports the basic needs and development of the Q’ero people of Peru.
The track-listing for Love Is The Great Rebellion is as follows:
Giving Up On Miracles
Goodbye To Yesterday
I’m Changing My Mind
The Body Of Love
Everything Is OK
The Universe Inside
Don’t Let The Fire Die
God Is A Fire
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