Watch: Ben Stevenson Live in the Collective Arts Black Box

Ben Stevenson performs solo acoustic versions of songs

Ben Stevenson’s debut EP, Dirty Laundry, saw him work with Grammy-winning producer in Frank Ocean and Miguel collaborator Happy Perez. The EP attracted a strong attention from press and the industry, and went on to be nominated for a JUNO the year of its release, but as his career appeared to be building momentum Stevenson found himself struggling to cope with the pressure.

After retreating from music, Stevenson’s came back with his debut LP Cara Cara, released on Culvert Music. The album is a meticulously crafted collection of songs from an unburdened creative mind. Running the gamut from minimalist R&B, to orchestral psychedelia, to 70s-style folk and back again, while flirting with ideas as disparate as Alice Coltrane inspired spiritual jazz, Brazilian samba, or the glam strut of T Rex, the album is at once unselfconscious and stunningly ambitious.

He visited us to perform acoustic versions of two songs from Cara Cara in the Collective Arts Black Box.