Benjamin Lazar Davis (Okkervil River, Cuddle Magic) shares his single Choosing Sides.

Benjamin Lazar Davis by Shervin Lainez

(photo by Shervin Lainez)

The post break-up blues are delivered sweetly in Choosing Sides, the latest number to be released from Benjamin Lazar Davis‘s forthcoming album. The slow starting tempo is lifted by an entrancing array of instruments and tones, from picked strings to tremolo refrain and a synth middle section. Musing over a past relationship, the song amounts to an audible sigh of letting go – “I won’t be losing sleep / I’ve already lost the fight / I’m not choosing sides / I’m not choosing sides anymore”.

Choosing Sides is the third single from Davis’s upcoming debut LP Nothing Matters due this week, 4th May, via 11A Records. Benjamin Lazar Davis is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, arranger, composer, and producer based in Brooklyn. A prolific collaborator, Davis is probably best known for his work with Okkervil River and Cuddle Magic. Davis is the sole performer on Nothing Matters, although several other artists contributed to the writing of the album. The track Choosing Sides was co-written with Alex Toth of Rubblebucket / Alexander F.

Benjamin Lazar Davis / Choosing Sides

Benjamin Lazar Davis writes, records, and performs with Cuddle Magic, Joan as Police Woman, and Okkervil River, and he has worked with Anais Mitchell, Kimbra, Luke Temple, Jesse Harris, Henry Jamison, Wild Belle, Delicate Steve, Star Rover, Sam Amidon, Markus Acher (the Notwist), and Margaret Glaspy as a co-writer, side-musician, arranger, producer, studio musician, touring member, and band member in the past. While Nothing Matters grew out of Davis‘s desire to make music on his own in a life where he has been a chronic collaborator, the album evokes inspiration from all of these artists, and he considers it a culmination of his life’s work.

Benjamin Lazar Davis is coming to the UK and Ireland soon and you can catch him out on tour in support of Anna & Elizabeth – find the dates below.

3rd May | Forest Arts Centre, New Milton, UK
4th May | Quay Arts, Newport, UK
5th May | Marisa Jack & Davy, Bedfordshire, UK
9th May | The Sugar Club, Dublin, Ireland
10th May | Howard Assembly Room, Leeds, UK
12th May | Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, UK
13th May | Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, UK
14th May | Old Mill Gallery, Castle Douglas, UK
15th May | Shakespeare’s, Sheffield, UK
17th May | Cecil Sharp House, London, UK