The fey acoustic sound favoured by Ben Parker (b. Surrey, Britain) and Jason Hazeley (b. Essex, Britain) drew unavoidable comparisons to the task of legendary British singer-songwriter, Nick Drake. Hazeley and Parker fulfilled while both had been doing work for the same sheet music business. They quickly bonded through their shared like of Drake’s music and their distaste for your day job, nonetheless it was many years prior to the duo started writing songs collectively. They recorded many tracks throughout a free of charge recording session in the BBC’s Maida Vale studios, resulting in a agreement with Go! Defeat Information. The duo’s eight-track mini-album Hello premiered to great acclaim in early 1999. The starting monitor, ‘Joe’s Ark’, presented a string set up by previous Drake collaborator Robert Kirby. Hazeley and Parker got tracked Kirby, who got way back when retired through the music picture, to persuade him to set up their track. Inside a occupied yr, the duo completed preparations on the debut recording while going after a profitable sideline writing tracks for EastEnders celebrity turned pop vocalist, Martine McCutcheon. Emoticons was another amazing assortment of elegantly crafted folk pop. The innate power of songs such as for example ‘What I DESIGNED TO State’ and ‘Atmosphere Guitar’ allowed the album to go up above the unavoidable Drake evaluations, although these times critics also mentioned commonalities to Radiohead and Jeff Buckley. In Sept, Parker and Hazeley made an appearance in the Tribute To Nick Drake concert at London’s Barbican Center. Critically fêted but commercially undervalued, Ben And Jason finished a second recording for Go! Defeat that didn’t match the quality of their earlier recordings. The duo elected to contact it each day after being lowered by their record label. Goodbye was belatedly released by Setanta Information.