Ben Abraham Thinks “Nobody Wants To Hear Songs Anymore”
After cutting his teeth as a songwriter for other artists (his credits include Kesha’s “Praying” and multiple cuts on Ben Platt’s Sing To Me Instead), Ben Abraham inked a deal with Atlantic Records and released one of 2019’s most disarming singles. Meeting at the crossroads between pop and folk, “Satellite” is a throwback to the craftsman-like approach to songwriting of the ’70s. That skill and care is also apparent on “Nobody Wants To Hear Songs Anymore,” a track that laments the current state of music.
“I prayed to God that the angel of music would come down and give me a song,” the Australian songsmith begins over a simple piano arrangement. “That the words would be true and say something so new, that the world would start singing along.” However, he gets an unexpected response. “I was surprised when the angel replied, with a note that he stuck to my door,” Ben sings on the chorus. “That said ‘nobody wants to hear songs anymore.'” The newcomer goes on to fire some shots as the track progresses.
“Oh when did it all get so boring? How did it all get so bad?” he asks. “Why does nobody care for a story? Swallowing hooks without lines or intentional rhymes, but whatever as long as we dance.” Points were made. What inspired the barbed ditty? “I can’t decide if it’s the best or worst time to be making music and this song came out of that anxiety,” Ben explains in the press release. Fair enough. Listen to “Nobody Wants To Hear Songs Anymore” below.