Fryars reveals how record label wrangling caused four-year delay to new album ‘Power’

London-based pop star Ben Garrett will release second album on November 17

Fryars, aka Ben Garrett, has explained how the release of his long-awaited second album came to be delayed for four years.

The London-based pop star will release his second album ‘Power’ on November 17, having begun work on the record in 2010. The album was produced by Luke Smith (Clor, Foals) and Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, How To Dress Well, Savages). Scroll down to stream new single ‘Prettiest Ones Fly Highest’ now.


Speaking to NME, Garrett explains how issues with his former label 679 and a merger between parent company Warners and Access Industries led to a massive delay in the release of his follow-up to the 2009 debut ‘Dark Young Hearts’. “The problem was the Warner mothership,” says Garrett. “As soon as Warner got involved, things slowed down. It was like being on two labels, neither of whom were on the same page.”

However, Warners took the unprecedented step of freeing Garrett from his contract and returning the ‘Power’ album to him. “Instead of trying to get something out of their investment, they cancelled my debt and gave my album back to me. I can’t help thinking it was as much out of generosity as madness.”

The singer-songwriter, who penned two tracks for Lily Allen’s 2014 album ‘Sheezus’, remains philosophical about the path his career has taken him on. “The way things have happened, it’s ended up being quite good for me. It’s all the things that didn’t happen that are frustrating: all the gaps where you look back and wonder, ‘Where did that year go?’”

‘Power’ tracklist:

‘(Power Up)’
‘On Your Own’
‘In My Arms’
‘Don’t Make It Hard on Yourself’
‘Love So Cold’
‘Prettiest Ones Fly Highest’
‘(Dialogue 1)’
‘China Voyage’
‘Can’t Stop Loving You’
‘The Power’
‘(Dialogue 2)’
‘Thing Of Beauty’
‘(Tide You Over)’
‘Cool Like Me’

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