Ben TD – Tiny Movements

Album Review | Lo Five | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

Australian singer songwriter Ben TD, who is now based in Glasgow, has released his debut album Tiny Movements after serving his apprenticeship in the band Ruby’s Grace along with his brother Sam. Since then Ben has made two important decisions, the first being to move to the opposite side of the globe and secondly, to follow the inevitable urge to try his hand at a solo career. In an era of musical ‘collectives’, Ben has been sought out and hand-picked for the Lo-Five roster and has been working with Calum Scott, Lo-Five’s resident engineer, the result being a studio album of fine and accessibly melodic songs. With titles such as “Yes I Am A Sky Scraper’s Window Cleaner” you imagine you’re in for a whimsical ride, but then there are songs like “Lily”, an astonishing observation on a family’s bigoted reluctance to accept homosexuality. I would recommend this to anyone who has witnessed or suffered at the hands of such an outdated and reactionary viewpoint, but more importantly, those who blindly perpetrate it. The songs on Tiny Movements are instantly accessible, whether they plead to your emotions like for instance in “The Science of Breath” or whether they lend themselves to catchy Badfinger-esque pop, in “Shoes Too Small”. Ben TD has made a collection of songs that are memorable, interesting and accessible without deliberately going out of his way to make a hit album. It’s almost diary like in its conception, but a diary that he doesn’t mind us all reading, and thoroughly enjoying.