‘Benjamin Went Fishing’, by Frogbelly and Symphony, is a gorgeous folk-rock hybrid, with a video clip to match.
The multinational quartet of Frogbelly and Symphony takes the best qualities of both styles of music and blends them effortlessly into a beautiful sound. Guitarist Benjamin Trott, was a member of the rebooted The Albion Band, which was at the forefront of British folk revival. Joining him is Liz Hanley, whose crystal clear singing voice pulls the listener in, seemingly with no effort. Based in the US, Liz is also singer and fiddler for The Green Fields Of America, the long-running exploration of Irish music, storytelling, and folklore in America, by Mick Moloney. The third member of Frogbelly and Symphony is Ray Rizzo, who is drummer, writer, singer, and producer, and has worked with Josh Ritter, Bot Weir, and Julia Stone, among many more. Additionally, Thomas Lebioda, who produced the band’s upcoming album, ‘Canis Major’, plays bass, and joins Liz on their double lead vocals.
‘Benjamin Went Fishing’ is the first track off the album, and comes with a very amusing music video, which sees the band traipsing around the British countryside, in period costume.
The clip was created by frequent collaborator Juha Hansen, based in Hamburg, who is known for his gently experimental films and videos. Also an acclaimed photographer, as well as a musician, he has helped the group come up with a visual signature that’s just as uniquely theirs as their sound. The cinematic video is part idyll, part detective thriller, and entirely testimony to the band’s wonderful aesthetic.
Watch the video for ‘Benjamin Wnet
Frogbelly And Symphony can be found online on their official website.