Having excelled as a classical pianist, Ben Ridley now enters a new chapter in his musical life – that of a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter. Taking inspiration from the likes of Todd Rundgren and Randy Newman, as well as keeping hold of his nuanced, classical training, he has spent years analysing the craft of song-writing in order to deliver this: Dancing Mood, the lead track from his forthcoming album, Sing.
Though Sing is a piece of work designed to be experienced as a whole, Dancing Mood is a perfect introduction to Ben Ridley and his intricately arranged snapshots of life, love and regret. Playing every instrument and taking care of all vocal duties, a casual, unassuming piano intro breaks out into a twisting, many-layered catchy pop nugget, which has the timelessness of all great song-writing. With a stylish accompanying lyric video, this is a perfect primer to the Ben Ridley experience.
Based in Brighton, England, Ben has incorporated cinematic style and scope to his music which fits with his vision of a strong narrative running through his work. Having played live at venues such as the fabled Ronnie Scott’s and with a number of well-received classical music only albums under his belt, he is joined on the track by Gerrard – not another artist but in fact his trusty old grand piano. Dancing Mood is the perfect way to start the new year, however many left feet you have.