Best known as a founding member of The Gin Club, Giants of Science and The Wilson Pickers, Brisbane, Australia-based singer-songwriter Ben Salter has also been a solo performer in his own right for over ten years. He has played throughout Australia and Europe, where his striking vocal range and captivating lyricism have drawn comparisons to Neil Finn, Elliot Smith and Nick Drake.
Whilst many of his solo compositions to date have been gifted to The Gin Club, Salter has also been quietly accruing a collection of songs all of his own, and now, after ten years of empty threats, finally, in the second half of 2011, released “The Cat”.
Recorded and produced with Gareth Liddiard (The Drones) and Robert F. Cranny (Sarah Blasko, 78 Saab) at Liddiard’s rural studio in Havilah, Victoria, the album contains the most accomplished songs of Salter’s career. A major departure from his work in all of his other projects, “The Cat” is a strange beast - a blend of avant-garde pop, folk and rock, at once familiar but also delightfully skewed. The album features Gin Club alumni Gus Agars and Ola Karlsson on drums and bass respectively, as well as contributions from legendary Melbourne jazz saxophonist Julien Wilson, multi-instrumentalist Peter Novotnik, and Australian rock and roll royalty Joel Silbersher (GOD, Hoss, Dirty Three, Tex Perkins) and Tom Lyncolgn (The Nation Blue, Harmony, Lee Memorial).Ben Salter will be performing a selection of showcases throughout the UK and Europe through the northern hemisphere summer.
"I firmly believe Ben to be one of the world's great singers, and if I weren't so goddamn competitive, one of its great songwriters." Tim Rogers
“Brisbane’s Ben Salter has assembled a true masterpiece with these 12 track, lushly produced by Gareth Liddiard and displaying an amazing grasp of musical and lyrical wrangling. 9/10." Tal Wallace – Triple J Magazine