Here at the Send Me Your Ears studio today, we’ve been listening to the latest single from Ed Bennett. World’s Between was released on July 7, 2023, and is the title track from his forthcoming debut album.
World’s Between is an incredibly positive and upbeat song. Bennett says that the lyrics came to him when he was watching the news one day during The Black Lives Matter moment on TV. He
says the song is about not letting the times get you down. “Word on the street there’s talking ’bout a revolution’s gonna come and I lost my job and I know I’m not the only one.”
World’s Between starts with a powerful and driving toms beat before guitars join the mix. This song really does have everything needed to become a powerful anthem for change and the authentic Americana/Country rock feel made us surprised Bennett is from London, UK.
Vocally, Bennett sounds a little like Del Amitri, but there’s a touch of Americana/Country twang to his voice that could place this track comfortably on the charts in Texas and the Southern States.
The layered vocals and harmonies in the choruses are a fantastic touch, and really take the song up a notch when they come in – not that we weren’t already absolutely enthralled! This is such a high-energy and upbeat song that you simply can’t fail to thoroughly enjoy every second of it. There is a touch of Bon Jovi in the styling, and we spotted some moments that we drew comparisons to Lynyrd Skynyrd’s later work.
The guitar/sax ‘duel’ during the instrumental section brings even more energy and we love how the two instruments play off each other, ending on a beautifully held note on (we think) alto sax.
Everything about this track screams quality. This is great writing and performance. At just under 3 and a half minutes long, it’s also a perfect length for radio airplay consideration and we’d strongly recommend Bennett sends this track to BBC Introducing at the very least – we also think college and internet radio in the Southern States would find this extremely appealing.
Ideas from our ears
A boost around 140Hz could add some extra thickness to the low end. Some added brightness and presence could be achieved with a combination of a high shelf boost set around 5kHz and a single band compressor set to 5khz and above with some make up gain. This would add top end to the track without boosting the vocal sibilance too much. As always, these are just some ideas from our ears.
Ed Bennett’s, World’s Between, was our first introduction to his music, but we’re now eagerly awaiting the full album. This is superb stuff that we can really get behind. For fans of rock with just a touch of country, this will be right up your street! Highly recommended.