Scandinavian-born singer Benjamin Folke Thomas released new studio album Modern Man, on November 9, 2018 on Aveline Records. Full of sardonic tales of love, hate and double standards, this impressive fourth release was recorded in just two days in Studio Panikangest in Gothenburg, ft Johannes Mattsson (bass), Henning Sernhede (guitar) and Erik Berndtsson (drums).
The ten songs on Modern Man draw from Folk, Country and the blues, to reveal the inner thoughts of a songwriter torn between supreme self-confidence and fear of the future.
Folke Thomas was born in the coldest winter recorded in modern day history in Gothenburg; perhaps his obsession for sad, lamenting country songs was inevitable; and grew up on a secluded island off the coast of Sweden, populated by mainly evangelical Christians. However, Ben never found God. He discovered grunge music instead, and at the age of 11 he was playing drums in a punk band before turning to Folk and Americana music after seeing Kurt Cobain’s performance of ‘In The Pines’ on Unplugged. Steeping himself in Leadbelly, Dylan, and Leonard Cohen, by the age of 20 he was an accomplished finger-picker, confident performer, and mature songwriter.
“Ruminative Swede’s country soul soars on fourth album” 8/10 Uncut
“A precocious acoustic finger-picker, fearlessly confessional as a songwriter” Mojo
“This is an album that demands you listen, and that’s no bad thing” Acoustic