Ben Lee

Away With the Pixies

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Not intended to make the statement implied by a debut album, Ben Lee's debut solo EP was essentially a collection of four track demos of songs from the sessions for Lee's first solo album Granpaw Would, highlighted by the finished single "Away With the Pixies." While many of these songs were re-released either in their same form or in re-recorded versions later, they show Ben Lee at his most basic; alone with his acoustic guitar, performing his surprisingly mature songs. Most of this material was recorded during his stint with Noise Addict, so it's unique to hear him stripped down to an acoustic and away from the loud, fuzzy guitars of that band. The title track, the only polished song on the set, would prove to be Lee's breakthrough single and is one of his melodic delights; it also features Liz Phair on background vocals.

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