Steeped in the epic alt-rock journeying of The War on Drugs and tempered with the raw emotional intimacy of Angel Olsen and Sharon Van Etten, one might be surprised to hear Brooke Bentham’s work is the fruit of a 21 year old. So plainly does it carry the weight of someone who has lived a hundred lives already.
Bentham picked up a guitar early, even attempted banjo at one stage, and started taking singing lessons at the age of 15. That’s when her teacher encouraged her to start writing songs and gigging at nearby pubs and open mic nights around her native Newcastle.
Now living in London, Bentham revels in the sense of camaraderie among a new generation of young musicians forging paths for themselves in a changing industry. Her latest EP, a defiantly honest meditation on a failed relationship, displays an ever-growing appreciation of the melding of electronics with raw, visceral rock; think Bon Iver’s ’33 God’ or latter day Radiohead. Her trip to Body&Soul will be as part of her first international tour and we’re privileged to be getting in at the ground floor with the immensely talented young artist.