Discovery: Ben Fox Smith

Ben Fox Smith is a 17-year-old British singer-songwriter with an penchant to the experimental.

By Graeme Smith

Ben is signed to Big Cat Records, the same label as Pavement and Grandaddy, so that goes some of the way to describing the kind of sound you get with his music. This is not your standard melodic, emotional male singer-songwriter that’s storming the charts at the moment but someone a little quirkier.

New track I Want A Girl, I Want A Boy is a case in point. Grunge-y, garage-y, slightly eccentric and a little scatter-gun, Ben’s style is as refreshing as it is challenging, and highly mature. For all the experimentation though, the chorus hits home and is the kind you’d happily bob your head to.

Check out I Want A Girl, I Want A Boy below and decide for yourself.