Ben Lee returns with the first single ‘Get Used To It’ from his new album “Deeper Into Dream”. The ARIA award-winning musician's fascination with dreams and the mysteries behind them has long been a part of 20-plus years in the music business. But only now does the former Noise Addict singer, whose early years saw releases on the Beastie Boys' Grand Royal label and Thurston Moore’s Ecstatic Peace! imprint, feel it's the right time to explore that. In the last several years Lee fell in love with the mysteries that dreaming presents. And after he and his wife, actress Ione Skye, welcomed their daughter, Goldie Priya, in 2009, Lee thought it was time to re-examine things, especially the hidden messages inside his own dreams.
"After having such a long career in music, and having had a baby, I just felt like music, in a way, it's sort of become a job that I could have just maintained at a certain level by doing it in a way that I knew how to do it," he explains. "And that became sort of terrifying to me. Music for me has always been a tool for working out exploring myself and exploring the world. It literally took me out of Australia onto a journey around the world. Or internally, it's the creativity – it unlocks things inside you and the audience. So I just wanted go deeper with that and I found working with the dream really powerful for that."
Lee is also the subject of 8-years-in-the-making feature length documentary – Catch My Disease – from director Amiel Courtin-Wilson, which premiered at the Melbourne International Film Festival in August. The film captures Lee’s life and career up until his daughter Goldie was born.
From there, Lee began work on his new album. Lee took the reigns for self-production on this record. Joining Lee for this dozen-song set are his longtime musical collaborators Nic Johns, Lara Meyerratken, and Petra Haden, as well as mixer Noah Georgeson (The Strokes, Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom). While recording at his Laurel Canyon home studio, he also got a little help from his friends and family. For the last year, Lee has been recording and collecting their dreams, all of which are spliced into three mesmerizing dream collages and included on the album.
Deeper into Dream is released on October 14.
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