Oct. 11 marks the welcome return of another one of our favorite singer-songwriters, the great Aussie eccentric Ben Lee, who’s issuing his new eight effort, “Deeper Into Dream,” then on Dangerbird.
Yes, he started making music in his early teens in the Beastie-Boys-championed Noise Addict. But this zen-like tunesmith has come a remarkably long way.
“This album is about dreams,” he explains. “And like a dream, it bubbled up mysteriously from my unconscious. I’m listening to it, wondering what it is, and why it came, what it has to tell me.”
Lee self-produced the disc in his Laurel Canyon home studio, and even incorporated recorded dream-diary accounts from visitors over a three-month period into the mix. Up until last August, when the man passed away, he was undergoing dream analysis with noted therapist Jan Lloyd. And you can drop by www.ben-lee.com to download the new single, “Get Used To It.”
2011 could turn out to be Lee’s big year. A documentary on him, “Catch My Disease,” just premiered at the Melbourne Film Festival, and — in addition to an upcoming tour — he’s also punching the clock as the bandleader for the Tom Hanks-produced “3 Minute Talk Show With Barry Sobel,” up for viewing online at www.lstudio.com