Ben Walker’s debut single “Smiles” was released today and certainly does not disappoint, in fact it is a welcome lift in a year where finding the positive has been difficult at times.
With enchanting storytelling and a building folk rock style, “Smiles” nods to influences as diverse as John Williamson, Mark Knopfler and Paul Kelly. A late blossoming Sydney based singer- songwriter, Ben has chosen his counsel well; the distinct influences of producer Michael Carpenter and vocal coach Leigh McRae resonate within the layers of this track.
Ben’s poetic lyrics take the listener on a journey, inviting them to step into a world of imagery and discovery of one’s own path, poignant for the Covid period. In addition, the chorus is catchy and likely to be hummed for days.
A supporter of community radio, Ben released the song early to community stations through the Australian Music Radio Airplay Project (AMRAP), receiving plays in almost every Australian state. The song has now attracted interest from the ABC and was recently added to their “consideration list” for October play.
Speaking about the song and the interest it has generated, Ben said:“The last few weeks have been more than I could ever have hoped for. I’ve had this childlike dream of releasing a song for a very long time; to achieve that and see Smiles so well received is quite surreal. The songs I write are quite personal and so however the song is shared, live at a venue, or in this case, across radio and electronic platforms, is always emotional – if the song connects with one person and helps them positively, it has done its job”.