Artist of the Week: Michael Kiwanuka and Ben Howard
It’s rare to find an artist that can please the whole family, let alone two... Presenting the Communion boys, Michael Kiwanuka and Ben Howard, who’ll have your grandma moving along, your baby soothed to sleep and you, well, falling in love.
Earlier this year, Michael Kiwanuka took the UK by storm, winning the BBC Sound of 2012 poll and having his debut album “Home Again” reaching the top five in the album charts. This fresh sounding folk, infused with soul and the timeless traits of the blues seduced the masses.
Despite beginning his career as a session guitarist for urban music stars Chipmunk and Bashy, Kiwanuka’s inspiration came from his earliest memories of records by likes of Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding and Bob Dylan. "Home Again” has such richness and depth that you can almost hear the crackle as needle hits the record. Michael Kiwanuka isn’t retro so much as he is timeless.
Ben Howard on the other hand takes a more direct approach to folk music, with the polyrhythmic plucking’s of the guitar and an injection of choral hooks highlighting his sound. At home in the European surfing community, Howard has a loyal fan following made up of everyone from screaming girls to teary-eyed skinheads.
Long awaited debut “Every Kingdom” was met with huge success and exhibited Howard at his most fragile and fierce. Lying somewhere between Ed Sheeran and Laura Marling, Ben Howard has the lyrical maturity and melodic power for endless listening.
Communion’s Michael Kiwanuka with Ben Howard sideshows has sold out in both Sydney and Melbourne, so don't miss their sets at Splendour in the Grass!
LISTEN TO MICHAEL KIWANUKA'S "HOME AGAIN" BELOW
LISTEN TO BEN HOWARD'S "EVERY KINGDOM" BELOW