If Your Existential Compass Is Broken, Here’s Benjamin Lazar Davis’ “Right Direction”

You can kinda trust him, he’s wearing a onesie

Photo: Shervin Lainez

Benjamin Lazar Davis may not repair your existential compass, but he may be able to numb the painstaking process of finding your way towards your destination with his new single “Right Direction.” In a lucid dreamlike soundscape, Benjamin’s vocals sizzle on the gliding strings as we get immersed into a serene melancholia. Co-written with New Zealand poptress Kimbra, “Right Direction” explores the hazy emotions and suffocating sensation we experience when we can’t figure out what we want. Stream below:


“Right Direction” is from Benjamin’s upcoming debut solo album Nothing Matters, which will be out on May 4th. Based in Brooklyn, Benjamin is also part of Cuddle Magic, Joan as Police Woman, and Okkervil River. He has also worked with other artists including Anais Mitchell, Kimbra, Luke Temple, and many more. Benjamin decided to embark on his solo venture after wrapping up an extensive tour and a hard breakup. He will start touring as a solo artist starting March.

North America 2018 tour

3/16 – Hotel Vegas Annex – SXSW (Austin, TX, USA)

4/19 – C’mon Everybody (Brooklyn, NY, USA)

5/20 – Black Cat (Washington, DC, USA)

5/21 – Cat’s Cradle (Carrboro, NC, USA)

5/22 – Aisle 5 (Atlanta, GA, USA)

5/24 – The Kessler (Dallas, TX, USA)

5/25 – The Heights (Houston, TX, USA)

5/26 – Mohawk (Austin, TX, USA)

5/29 – Crescent Ballroom (Phoenix, AZ, USA)

5/31 – Teragram Ballroom (Los Angeles, CA, USA)

6/1 – Observatory (Santa Ana, CA, USA)

6/2 – Bimbo’s (San Francisco, CA, USA)

6/4 – Neumos (Seattle, WA, USA)

Europe 2018 tour

5/3 – Forest Arts Center (New Milton, UK)

5/4 – Quay Arts (Newport, UK)

5/5 – Marisa Jack & Davy (Bedfordshire, UK)

5/9 – The Sugar Club (Dublin, Ireland)

5/10 – Howard Assembly Room (Leeds, UK)

5/12 – Sage Gateshead (Gateshead, UK)

5/13 – Traverse Theatre (Edinburgh, UK)

5/14 – Old Mill Gallery (Castle Douglas, UK)

5/17 – Cecil Sharp House (London, UK)