Ben Hughes, AKA Tall Children, returns with a fourth virtuoso pop song ‘Dragging Me Down’, featuring Clean Cut Kid. Listen here
After three successful singles, ‘Song For You’, ‘Be With Me’ (which is No.11 in the upfront club chart), & most recently ‘Prey’ (premiered on Atwood), Ben decided his next release should be a collaboration to explore a different side to his writing.
As a fellow student of LIPA, Mike of Clean Cut Kid was ready to bring some indie-pop filters to Ben’s acoustic pop, bringing epic thrust to another stage in the Tall Children journey. Of the session, Ben says:
“Mike and I wanted to create something to demonstrate our musical chops, without just punching you on the nose. My reference was Peter Gabriel’s Solsbury Hill, which is a stellar pop tune led by a great guitar riff, but in a 7/4 time signature. In the end we wrote ‘Dragging Me Down’ in 6/4, (7 perhaps was too Gabriel). If you were only following the thundering kick drum, you wouldn’t notice that – but music geeks might hear its sharper edge than pop tunes in standard 4/4. It also has a big pop chorus, using off-beat syncopation in the acoustic guitar riff, with sweet riffs which are actually electric guitar filtered to sound like synths. You can thank Mike for them!”
This is yet another big Tall Children statement of intent, as he continues to self-release, self-promote and drive his own path through the industry.