Video Premiere: Ben Watt — “The Levels” Featuring David Gilmour
Known for numerous releases as one half of Everything But the Girl, U.K.-based songwriter-DJ-author-label owner Ben Watt is set to release Hendra, his first solo album in more than 30 years.
Below, watch a live, acoustic video for “The Levels,” a song featuring Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour on table/lap steel guitar.
As Watt explains, the song’s backstory is bittersweet: “'The Levels' is set in the low-lying area of the Somerset Levels. It was where my sister got married in 2004.
“The song is about how we deal with loss. She died unexpectedly in 2012. I wrote it for her husband. If that sounds sad, it is also a song about resilience and being strong enough to move on.” The song, along with Gilmour’s dreamy lap steel work, gracefully paints the picture described by Watt.
So how did the Pink Floyd guitarist/vocalist enter the picture?
“I had met him by chance just before recording the album. We got on well. I thought his plangent sound would be great on the track,” Watt says. “He loved the song and played slide guitar against my electric guitar and added beautiful backing vocals. It is a strung-out English pastoral.”
Hendra — described as a “folk-rock album in an electronic age” — is available in the U.S. April 29. Watch “The Levels” below.
Find out more at benwatt.com.
For more about Gilmour and his pedal steel and/or lap steel guitars, check out this cool feature on gilmourish.com.