Ben Winch

Light Traveller

Light Traveller Press Kit

Light Traveller is the solo home-recording project of Australian alt/cult recluse Ben Winch, who fronted the Adelaide shoegaze band Movement and published two prize-winning novels (Liadhen and My Boyfriend’s Father) in the nineties.

After burning out in a cabin in Tasmania in winter 1997 Winch spent a decade jamming and recording, releasing the results on CDR via his DIY label Cottage Industry Recordings. Arts Council funding for the spoken word and music concept album Brothers of the Head, featuring Adelaide Hills poet/musician Tim Sinclair, paid for his recording rig, a Tascam 788 digital 8-track.

In 2009, having lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Vancouver and various country towns in Australia, Winch settled in Manchester England and formed the “classic indie” band Shadow History with Liverpool bassist and original Icicle Works member Chris Layhe, drawing on a back-catalogue of songs dating from his twenties.

Back in Australia in 2014 he published Vanishing Points, the first instalment of the “psychedelic pulp” trilogy COQworks, under the pseudonym W. COQ. Stemming from his time in Tasmania, the book represents a fraction of his box of old manuscripts.

Married now with three stepsons, when not tinkering with his half-finished backlog of songs, prose and poems, Winch sometimes writes new stuff. Light Traveller is his newest music, and the first fruit of his souped-up secondhand MacBook Pro, which replaced the Tascam in 2015. The EP Same Stars Shine precedes the LP Falcon Falling. The sound? A return to his roots: guitar-heavy post-postpunk with a haunting hint of melody, a dark sound his teenage self would have sold his soul for. It could be “the same stars shine on every town” after all.