You’ve likely heard the songs of Australian singer-songwriter Ben Abraham before, except that he wasn’t the one singing them. The award-winning songwriter has been constantly in demand for the biggest pop artists such as Demi Lovato and the Chicks, and recently won a Grammy for co-writing Kesha’s hit “Praying”. In May, Abraham stepped into the spotlight with the stunning “War in Your Arms”, and this week he’s ushered in the second single off of his forthcoming sophomore album.
“Requiem” is a somber and moving number, with a general vibe akin to For Emma, Forever Ago if brought into the pop mainstream. Abraham’s voice is heavy and haunting as he sings about the loss of childhood innocence, and additional voices make their way into the song to reach a momentous peak. Regarding the track, Abraham shared the following:
“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.”
You can stream “Requiem” here, and watch the powerful visualizer for the track below.