Exclusive: Benjamin Lazar Davis records What Am I live in session for Backseat Mafia

Photo Credit: Kevin W. Condon

We’ve long been admirers of Benjamin Lazar Davis, the go to man around Brooklyn, well, for everything really. He’s worked with the likes of Okkervil River, Kimbra, Sam Amidon, Anaïs Mitchell, and Lady Lamb, made records on his own and with folk pop collective Cuddle Magic, and in duo settings with Joan Wasser (Joan As Policewoman) and Lake Street Dive’s Bridget Kearney. 

He’s been releasing a slew of new songs, this one came out officially back in December. About the track, which is based on a Bach Chorale, Benjamin said “Cole Kamen-Green was really excited to show me a Bach chorale called, “Preserve My Faith From Error Free”. I started writing a melody over it, and soon I had the verse and out of my gibberish came the words “Sylvia, my own”. We made the song about a relationship that needed saving, and we thought if we sang the chorus enough times maybe Sylvia would come back. She never did.”

Recorded as part of a set live in Venice, Benjamin has allowed us to use the track for one of our ‘At Home Sessions’ (although, not strictly at home, granted). It’s a thing of fragile melancholy, with the sort of melody that sticks long in your head, and deep in your heart.

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