Award-winning composer, songwriter and producer Ben Lovett had a vision — to turn a series of blind dates with 12 Los Angeles-based musicians he had never met into a collection of new songs. That experiment is a project entitled Lovers & Friends. The four ensuing EP releases make up Season One and feature a different collaborating songwriter on every track, with each song the product of a spontaneous moment between unique strangers. The first EP, Lovers & Friends: Season One, 1 of 4, was released on September 18 as a free download at loversandfriendsmusic.com.
All of the tracks on the Lovers & Friends series were produced by Lovett, with each collaborating artist appearing as featured vocalist or instrumental contributor. The result is a sonic landscape of jangly anthemic folk; swaggering upbeat pop; lush, sweeping ballads; and sultry, downbeat duets captured by a variety of distinct voices and traversing a multitude of dreamy moods along the way.
“You form a different relationship with the song when you’re writing it with someone else,” said Lovett. “There is a freedom there that you might not often afford yourself, allowing ideas to go off in strange directions without always having the instinct to corral them onto the familiar avenues of your usual preferences.”
Lovett’s new project is accompanied by a weekly web series, Lovers & Friends: Season One, showcasing a collection of one-on-one conversations between Lovett and each collaborating L.A.-based songwriter diving into the heart of each song. They will cover the elusive magic of the creative process and the unpredictable dynamics that emerge. The featured musicians include songwriters for Rogue Wave, Panic At The Disco!, Lana Del Rey, Fitz & The Tantrums and many others, each bringing their own unique voice to the conversation.
Below is a track listing of all of the songs on the first release. Take a listen and find out if Lovett’s blind date worked out in the end.
Lovers & Friends: Season One, 1 of 4 track listing:
1. Just Ain’t Right
2. Temporary Stars (feat. Rachel Fannan)
3. Follow The Sound (feat. Michael Vincze)
4. Came A Long Way (feat. Sydney Wayser)
For more information on the Lovers & Friends series, visit loversandfriendsmusic.com.
About Ben Lovett
Ben Lovett is an American composer, songwriter, producer, and performer who has been the recipient of multiple awards and worldwide recognition for numerous collaborative musical and visual projects. His debut album of original songs, Highway Collection, was recorded on a yearlong trip around the United States and features different musicians on every tune. But the songs aren’t the whole story of the album project, as Lovett’s visual interpretations to his songs are no less artistic and compelling. Collaborating with a cadre of independent filmmakers, Lovett set out to create a visual counterpart for each song on Highway Collection, conceiving, coordinating, starring and contributing to them at every level. The result has catapulted the artist into worldwide viral recognition with each successive release, beginning with the visually stunning short, “Eye Of The Storm,” which exploded across the web and instantly solidified itself into the pop culture mainstream. More followed, including an award-winning collaboration with director David Bruckner for “The Fear,” an inspired, single-shot microcosm of society that features over 400 volunteer extras; “Ghost Of Old Highways,” an experimental period film set in the Civil War that was featured at film festivals in over 20 cities across five different countries and won nine international film awards; to his most recent video for “All The Time,” which Lovett brought 37 different directors under one roof to create. As a composer, Lovett has written and performed original music for a wide range of feature films, making his debut at the Sundance Film Festival as composer for The Signal, a 2009 Independent Spirit Award nominee and enduring cult favorite. He has since penned scores for 15 films, including the action thriller Black Rock and critic favorite Sun Don’t Shine, while creating original scores for multiple television shows such as MTV’s My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen trilogy and Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.