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Ben Rabb is a touring Los Angeles-based-by way of New York City singer/songwriter, whose soulful lyrics and authentic approach to performance make him a refreshing, unique standout in an industry where realism often takes a backseat to the bells and whistles of pop production.
What does it mean to be with someone yet be alone – this is the question singer-songwriter Ben Rabb finds news ways to answer on the opening track of his sophomore EP, Feel Me Fall. Influenced as much by his relationship to Los Angeles, the sprawling city he now calls home, as to how he feels about the people along for the ride with him, the record finds new hope in overcoming the most current of conditions - isolation. “My wife and I got married, and the following day we moved to LA,” he says of the impetus behind the record. “The pace of California has definitely affected my writing process.”
Rabb’s indie folk sound, influenced by his youth in the Midwest and Northeast, and artists such as Damien Rice and Cat Stevens, has absorbed some of the warmth, and strangeness, of the West Coast. Supported by strings and insistent percussion, songs such as Working To My Bone and The Fight are modern odes to self-discovery, an evergreen theme of folk music. “We really wanted to focus on allowing the arrangements to breathe, and trying new ways to do that,” says Rabb of the more orchestral sound they created. “It’s a huge departure from what I’m used to as a solo performer, where it’s just me with a guitar.”
Alone With You studies the unforeseen consequences of loneliness, while the closer, Take Me Back, is a nostalgic, Americana influenced look back at Rabb’s youth. He cites Anyday as a favorite track. “It’s a song I wrote to give a voice to those who don’t always have the chance to use theirs,” he says. “The record’s all about stepping out on your own, but this is a song that highlights how we rely on others.” With an introspective sound produced by Mike Davidson, who worked on Rabb’s first record, Feel Me Fall is a timely and welcome addition to the American Songbook.
“Feel Me Fall is a defiant challenge to the listener,” says Rabb. “This is a collection of songs about gaining some self-awareness and realization. Being able to see the aspects of your life that need to change, whether that's relationships, career, personal challenges, and having the courage to move forward. It's my way of giving the listener hope and encouragement while challenging them, their roadblocks and myself. I dare you to feel me fall, because I won't.”
To celebrate the EP, releasing on July 14, 2017, Rabb will be hitting the road, with dates including Chicago, New York and Boston.
"Rabb is a gifted storyteller with the unique ability to pull you in to relate to what he's feeling. It's the manner in which he does so with his lyrics, vocals and instrumentation that separates him from the rest." - Performer Magazine
"One of the Strongest Singer/Songwriter releases yet this year... Some musicians struggle their whole lives and are lucky to craft six songs this good and Rabb has done it right off. Songs to reach deep down and grab your soul. Songs to uplift and to bring down. Songs to embrace and remember." - FAME
"It’s fairly obvious even early on that Rabb will be around for a while, and indeed, Until It’s Gone suggests he has the talent and tenacity to sustain him for quite some time." - No Depression
"Rabb certainly tells a story in each of his songs, transporting listeners into his world with both sound and song." - Mountain Times
"If only New York City would pay more attention to artists such as Ben Rabb as opposed to Wall Street." - Minor 7th
"New York City-based singer/songwriter Ben Rabb is looking to make a name for himself on the indie folk scene and if debut EP “Until It’s Gone” is any indication, he’s well on his way." - Pittsburgh in Tune
"This album a very relatable and compelling listen while at the same time there is something beautiful in the inspiration that you’ll find in the midst of the brokenness that Rabb openly displays." - One Stop Country
"Ben Rabb is a fresh addition to the folk scene in New York City with his debut album, Until It’s Gone.... He lets you into the intimate details of every tale he tells throughout Until It's Gone." - Hit It Off Media
"The press release for the EP suggested listening to it while drinking Sunday morning coffee, yet it will have you wanting to listen to it again the rest of the week. I normally try not to be swayed by what publicists write about an artist or album. But Until It's Gone is just that kind of an album." - BVS Reviews
"In six songs Ben Rabb take you with him into his world, for 23 minutes long this man walks you into his live, this thoughts, his fears and his hopes." - Billy Bop
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