Album Premiere: Listen to Ben Lee's Love Is the Great Rebellion

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Sydney native Ben Lee’s new album Love Is the Great Rebellion is his 10th studio album in a 20-year solo career. Out June 2, the Warner Bros. Records debut follows 2013’s experimental Ayahuasca: Welcome to the Work and features backing vocals from his wife Ione Skye and their five-year-old daughter on the track ” “I’m Changing My Mind” and his father-in-law, ’60s folk singer Donovan on “Happiness.”

“When I was first writing the song it was reminding me of [Donovan’s] ‘Happiness Runs,’ which also has that childlike quality to it,” Lee said in a press release for the album. “And so I thought, Ah, I’ll just throw this out and start over. But then I said, ‘No, let me embrace it. He’s my father-in-law, and he wrote a song for a different generation that has a similar message. Let me continue that message.’ And I asked him to sing on it as a kind of knowing nod toward that continuation.”

Lee once again teamed up with Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Veruca Salt), who produced 2005’s Awake Is the New Sleep, which went double-platinum in Australia, as well as several other of Lee’s albums.

Lee describes the first single off the album, “Big Love,” as a “ukulele techno song.” “I went my 10-year-old niece’s birthday party and saw all these kid dancing to these upbeat club bangers,” he recalls. “I thought it’d be great to take some of that energy, the sensual rush of electronic music, which is something I’d always been interested in, and meld it with something more philosophical and emotional. The song was inspired by the fact that, for so much of my life, I’d looked outside of myself for answers, and the key experience for me before making this album was beginning to have some semblance of understanding that whatever truth there was could be found inside. So ‘Big Love’ is just a fun tribute to the inspiration that can be found within each of our human hearts.”

Love Is The Great Rebellion Tracklist:
Giving Up On Miracles
Goodbye To Yesterday
Big Love
I’m Changing My Mind
The Body Of Love
Everybody Dies
Everything Is OK
The Universe Inside
Don’t Let The Fire Die
God Is A Fire

Ben Lee North America Tour Dates
May 7 – The Great Hall – Toronto, ON, CAN
May 8 – Garrison – Toronto, ON, CAN
June 27 – World Café Live – Downstairs Philadelphia, PA
June 28 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC
June 29 – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD
June 30 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
July 1 – City Winery – New York, NY
July 3 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI
July 5 – SPACE – Evanston, IL
July 6 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
July 8 – Rio Theatre – Vancouver, BC, CAN
July 9 – Alberta Rose Theatre – Portland, OR
July 10 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA
July 13 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
July 17 – Troubadour – Los Angeles, CA