As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of Everything But The Girl’s Temperamental (1999) today, we’re also celebrating the arrival of new music courtesy of group co-founder Ben Watt. Lifted from his upcoming fourth solo album Storm Damage due in stores January 31st, “Sunlight Follows the Night” is a plaintive, piano-driven examination of love, loss and redemption that represents his first new studio recording since his acclaimed 2016 LP Fever Dream.
“The ten songs [on Storm Damage] came out of an intense period of personal anguish and political anger,” Watt confided in an official statement. “My closest half-brother died unexpectedly in 2016, only four years after my half-sister,” I got stuck for a year, angry inside and angry at the political world casually detonating around me. I felt half powerless, half driven. When the songs finally emerged, some were dark, yes, but there is always room for light. Always. I just tried to put that across.”
Watch the beautifully filmed video for “Sunlight Follows The Night” directed by Rahim Moledina below.