Trav­el­ling Man

Rest­less soul Ben Howard on the places where he likes to hang his hat.

Q (UK) - - Ben Howard -


Howard vis­ited the Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try more than once in the last few years, where he en­ter­tained the idea of be­com­ing a poet. “But it turns out that I’m not very good at it.”

Pink Pearl Is­land

An is­land off Nicaragua’s East Coast that Howard nearly bought – or at least his girl­friend did. “I don’t think I’m quite ready to be an is­land owner. I’ll leave it to Richard Bran­son.”


Howard grew up in Devon and still has a house nearby. “It’s beau­ti­ful down there, es­pe­cially in the coun­try­side. You can be on your own lit­tle trip down there.”


Noon­day Dream’s cover has Howard crouch­ing pen­sively in a cir­cle of stones, shot in the Ca­nary Is­lands. “It ref­er­ences Richard Long and the Land Artist move­ment. Peo­ple us­ing nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and out­door spa­ces in their art.”


Noon­day Dream was partly recorded at Le Manoir de Leon, an hour’s drive from the French re­sort. “We’d come here most sum­mers when I was younger. It’s just one of those nice places where the sea meets a re­ally flat bit of land and the for­est.”


Some of the pho­tos for Howard’s de­but al­bum Ev­ery King­dom were shot in the West African coun­try. “It’s wild,” he says. “Great surf­ing, great mu­sic. I dream of go­ing back there.”


Howard spent a few months in 2017 and ear­lier this year liv­ing in the French cap­i­tal. “I like the gruff­ness of the French. If you start smok­ing and some­one else doesn’t like it, it’s their prob­lem not yours.”


An­other prime surf­ing lo­ca­tion. Howard went of­f­grid there ear­lier this year. “I love the sea, the wild nature of it. It can be dan­ger­ous, of course, es­pe­cially if you’re go­ing out where the sea wants to kill peo­ple. I try to avoid that.”

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