We’re pleased to announce a new release from new B&T artist Ben Crosland
Ben started playing piano aged 5. As a teenager, he developed a keen interest in composition and synthesis, and is highly regarded as a sound designer for various instruments, most notably the Access Virus. He is based in Worcester, England, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
Ben credits the beautiful countryside that surrounds the area of Worcester and the Malvern Hills, where he has lived for over 35 years, as his inspiration.
“Love’s Grove” is the name of the road in Worcester where Ben’s studio is located, and thus where much of the music from this album was borne.
The haunting desolation of “Aftermath” draws inspiration from the fields where the Battle of Worcester took place in 1651.
The opening piece “First Rain of Summer” is an energetic cloudburst of vibrant harmonies and tonal colour. “The Snow is Melting” begins with an icy trickle that builds to a joyous stream of interweaving arpeggios until finally it subsides into the gentle warmth of spring.
The title piece “Rainbow Hill” refers to the hill of the same name that overlooks the road on which Ben lives.
I think, in essence, “Songs from Rainbow Hill” is an album about optimism and fond reminiscence. I see each piece as a different way to centre myself – to appreciate what I have in that moment.
To me, it just feels like home.”