Award-winning Australian-born, LA-based singer/songwriter Ben Abraham has today released “Requiem” – the second track off his forthcoming sophomore album. “Requiem” arrives alongside an official visualizer shot in New York City, underscoring the introspective themes of the song as an ode to the loss of innocence.
Abraham explains of the song: “I used to be a leader at my church in Melbourne but I made a mess of things in a pretty big way. There came a day I was made to sit in a room full of people and confess my sins. Somehow the experience was both traumatic and euphoric — it became a huge turning point in my life. And that’s when I wrote Requiem.”
“Requiem” follows the May release of the forthcoming album’s stunning debut single “War In Your Arms,” produced by James Flannigan (Dua Lipa, MARINA, Matt Maeson) and co-written with fellow Australian singer-songwriter Helen Croome.
Featuring striking piano melodies and massive gospel harmonies set against a gracefully sculpted beat, the song arrived alongside an equally evocative official video starring Abraham (watch here). Upon release, Albumism declared the track: “…mesmeric… the poignant ‘War In Your Arms’ rises from the embers of great heartbreak.”
Of the heavy-hearted lead single, Ben himself shared: “It’s about that point when the relationship is done and you’re trying so hard to hold onto love, it almost becomes like an act of violence. All you’re really doing is hurting yourself and hurting the other person, until you can gather the strength to say, ‘Enough. I’m done.’”
“War In Your Arms” came on the heels of “Like A Circle,” a song released by overwhelming popular demand after Abraham teased a snippet of the then unreleased track to his TikTok (the original clip has since gone on to amass nearly 1 million views).