Ben Lawrence Releases Debut Single 'O Wide World'

May 03 2023

Ben Lawrence has released 'O Wide World', the debut single from his upcoming album of the same name, written after losing his twin brother to cancer, aged 25. Conceived during the Covid-19 pandemic, 'O Wide World' explores rediscovering adventure in the wake of loss. Recorded at GloWorm studios in Glasgow with producer Iain Hutchison, 'O Wide World' is a 60's two step garnished in indie pop. It will be accompanied by a comedic heartfelt music video and six further singles, leading to release of the album.


Ben’s story reads like a heart wrenching coming of age film. Having spent his formative years discovering creativity with his brother Dan, playing in bands and crafting home movies - Ben’s intentions to delve deeper into thought provoking art continued into his early twenties. The brother’s act one origin story had surely set them up for decades of creative endeavours, but nothing could have prepared them for the story that would unfold.

After experiencing several seizures in 2014, Dan was diagnosed with a stage four brain tumour. He would go on to receive treatment and during the final year of his life, write and direct a feature length film. Dan’s passing in late 2016 spun Ben’s life on to a new, unexpected course. Taking time out of work to recuperate, Ben began to write his experiences into song.

This time of personal creative catharsis bore a plethora of songs for Ben, allowing him to explore the depths of grief and the heights of hope. Then as life diverged again, they sat dormant until in 2020 during the Covid pandemic, Ben's introspection became a source of connection. Out of this came the title track to his debut album, 'O Wide World', a song about refinding adventure in the wake of loss.

Ben’s sound intricately weaves together 60’s folk and americana, surf rock, pop and indie, to produce a truly unique experience of modern nostalgia. A - deja vu in music. It’s big, bold and deeply introspective, an invitation to find your adventure again.

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