Ben Harper’s new album Winter Is For Lovers (ANTI- Records/Rhythmethod), in many ways is his entire musical life, culminated in this moment. The solo recording, which features just Harper and his Monteleone lap steel guitar, is a 15-song work of original instrumental compositions imagined as a symphony. Harper has pushed musical boundaries since his 1994 debut and his lap steel guitar has played a tremendous role in his distinct sound throughout his career. But he’s never made an album that so purely distills his reverence for the instrument, and his mastery of it.
Meditative and affecting, the music featured on Winter Is For Lovers is deeply ingrained in Harper’s DNA and leads directly back to The Folk Music Store, the influential California instrument shop his grandparents opened in the 1950s.
Winter Is For Lovers philosophically explores the American Primitive movement pioneered by Leo Kottke and John Fahey.
Starting today fans can order from a limited 2000-piece pressing of the album on 180g vinyl, autographed, numbered and hand stamped. A wider pre-order will launch later this month.
Pre-save Winter Is For Lovers here