Release Date: Jan 31, 2020
Record label: Caroline
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock
Like Fever Dream before it, Storm Damage was born of personal anguish -- it was written after the loss of Ben Watt's half-brother and in the midst of the sociopolitical turmoil of the late 2010s -- but the album sounds and feels different than its predecessor. Chalk that up to Watt's decision to create Storm Damage with what he calls "a future-retro trio," a combo consisting of a piano, double bass, and drums, supplemented by various synths and found sounds. The result is a hushed yet an intense affair, an album whose conflicted emotions are apparent but presented in a fashion that's so subdued, it's nearly soothing.