Artist info

Genre

Indie, Pop


Influences

Midlake, The War on Drugs, Glenn Richards, Wilco


Unearthed artists we like

Machine Age


Website

www.banffmusic.com

Bio

Ethereal layers of spacious, soul-drenched indie-pop – that is the craft of singer-songwriter BANFF. Benjamin Forbes the former front-man of Brisbane group Little Casino, stepped away from the band environment mid-2014 with a thirst to explore new songwriting ground, something he has achieved in spades with his debut EP ‘Future Self’.

The BANFF story began on a train from Vancouver to Banff, Canada, an 18 year old Forbes with a mini travel guitar in hand: “I wrote my first song as we approached Banff, so that town brings back great writing memories for me” says Forbes. “When I started the project, I really wanted to reflect on what it meant to me as a writer and an artist, and that affiliation with Banff the town really reminded me of why I became a songwriter and what music means to me.”
Full of inspiration for his new project, Forbes packed his bags mid 2014 and flew south to collaborate with Tom Iansek (Big Scary / #1 Dad’s) at Big Scary’s Mixed Business studio in Melbourne. The sessions delivered a delicate and dutifully honest collection of tracks, with the result being BANFF’s debut EP ‘Future Self’. “The writing and recording process was really about getting back to basics, becoming a better songwriter and reflecting on past experiences in music and life in general to capture a moment where there was a bit more clarity” notes Forbes, “[the EP] comes from a very genuine and authentic place”. With recurring themes of frustration and celebration, “a push-pull sort of effect”, ‘Future Self’ is a confident but delicate mix of tracks, revealing BANFF as a rising new Australian talent.

Unearthed in 2015

Falls Music And Arts Festival

01 Nov 2015

Winner

Banff

Banff

Congrats to our winners!

Banff, Mangelwurzel and Denni are off to play Falls in Byron, Lorne and Marion Bay respectively!
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Review

Review by Veronica Milsom Veronica Milsom

06 Nov 2015

Triple J
40

Understated and beautiful. Washed a wave of calm over me :)

Understated and beautiful. Washed a wave of calm over me :)

Review

Review by Tim Shiel Tim Shiel

10 Jul 2015

Triple J
45

A moment of self-reflection captured with rare clarity and skill. A really thoughtful and restrained arrangement too.

A moment of self-reflection captured with rare clarity and skill. A really thoughtful and restrained arrangement too.

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

15 Jun 2015

Triple J
45

This is special stuff from Banff. I wanna say that it's really well done and fine. But I don't mean fine like it's just okay. I mean fine like we're in the 1600s and Banff has just carved a beautiful creation from the rarest of materials. Fine as in you don't hear a lot of artists attain the purity of sound that's found right here.

This is special stuff from Banff. I wanna say that it's really well done and fine. But I don't mean fine like it's just okay. I mean fine like we're in the 1600s and Banff has just carved a beautiful creation from the rarest of materials. Fine as in you don't hear a lot of artists attain the purity of sound that's found right here.