In the time since the release of his self-titled debut album, Benjamin Booker took a life-affirming and perspective-shifting trip to Mexico City that forced him to ask himself some questions about what role he wants to take in society. The result of this introspective contemplation is Witness, Booker’s sophomore LP, which is due out this June. In a statement posted to his website, Booker reflected upon the writing and recording of the record, saying that the final product “asks two questions I think every person in America needs to ask. ‘Am I going to be a Witness?’ and in today’s world, ‘Is that enough?'”
The high-tempo “Right On You” is the track that opens up the doors to Witness, and is also the first taste of Booker’s new, fuzzed-out sound. In an email to The Fader, Booker said that the track is “about the selfish, lonely and hedonistic nature of modern life where death is ‘right on you’ but seems ‘hard to imagine.'” Check out the track above.
In support of Witness, Booker will embark on a headlining tour, with dates to come. However, he has just announced a one-off date at New York’s Rough Trade, with tickets on sale here. Witness is out June 2nd on ATo. Pre-order it here.