BEN ZAIDI Releases New Video for “WHEN I WAS ALONE”

Pic by Jeffrey Rose

Keeping up with our premiere Friday, we are now joining forces with talented artist Ben Zaidi for the release of his new music video for “When I Was Alone,” the video captures the thesis of the song in a nutshell as we see Zaidi stripping his heart out in the middle of nowhere, a landscape of loneliness and beauty.

About the song, Ben comments:

“Of all the songs on the album, none are as deeply important to me as ‘When I Was Alone’. if Abandonism was an essay, ‘When I Was Alone’ would be the thesis statement. ‘”When I was alone / I was free…. I used to think that I just wanted more / but now I think it’s my disease”‘ This is the natural conclusion of a life worshipping independence. Total freedom, and it’s inevitable partner–loneliness.”

Ben Zaidi’s music combines the lyrical sharpness of spoken-word poetry with the soft lushness of electronica. Written and produced by himself in his bedroom, his songs bleed with the intimacy of a private journal.

Growing up in Seattle, Zaidi was surrounded by the natural serenity of the Pacific Northwest. While still in high school he began writing songs that caught the attention of local record labels and, ultimately, Harvard University, where he enrolled to study music and poetry. In his dorm room he honed an individual sound that blended the confessional songwriting of Blue-period Joni Mitchell with the sonic minimalism of James Blake.

He developed a following online, relocated to New York City, and within months had sold out back-to-back shows at Rockwood Music Hall. The independently-released single ‘Like It Was Nothing’ soon followed and shot to #2 on the iTunes Electronic Charts. Doors began opening, and Zaidi soon found himself in the studio with artists and producers he’d dreamed of working with, and headlining a packed show at Baby’s All Right.

As his music has expanded outward, Zaidi’s pen has turned inward––examining the self and its relationship to the outside world with unflinching honesty. His meditations on love, loss, and solitude often point to the paradox that the more connected we have become, the more isolated and lonely we can feel. But ironically enough, it is the universality of these lonely feelings––the familiarity of Zaidi’s solitude––that pulls us right into the bedroom alongside him.

Zaidi’s upcoming album “ABANDONISM.” will be out Friday,  June 7th Via Antifragile Music!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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