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Ben Woods Unveils 'Dispeller' Short Film

Ben Woods Unveils 'Dispeller' Short Film

Chris Cudby / Photo credit: Emma Wallbanks / Wednesday 13th July, 2022 10:33AM

Premiered yesterday by international tastemakers The FADER, Dispeller is a fifteen minute short film from the minds of Ōtautahi musical maverick Ben Woods and director Martin Sagadin. Offering fans a sneak peek at three songs from Woods' forthcoming new album of the same name (launching this coming Friday), the audio-visual creation combines impressionistic collaged passages with live performance footage of Woods and bandmates Ben Dodd, Charlotte Crone, Lucy Hunter, Luke Towart, Matt Davis, Rory Dalley and Ryan Chin (Ryan Fisherman) — rattling off entrancing renditions of 'White Leather Again', 'Fame' and earlier single 'Hovering at Home'. Filmed at The Sitting Room (where the album was recorded), Dispeller conveys strong feelings of place within which to situate Woods' sonic offerings, closing with an alluring outdoors duet featuring Chin on phone vox. Watch below and don't miss Woods touring his new record in September...

"Part of making this record for me was experimenting with and understanding space. With recording, it was the studio versus where I felt the songs wanted to transport the listener. And through writing, it looked at the natural projection of where I was geographically and the people I was making music with or whose music I loved.

Making this short with Martin — who's directed most of my videos and knows me inside out — was how I wanted to share that less abstractly. Piecing the songs with my friends in the spaces where I made the album. Not to paint a portrait of myself, but of all those external forces that built me." — Ben Woods

Ben Woods
Thursday 1st September - Meow, Wellington*
Friday 2nd September - Whammy Bar, Auckland^
Friday 16th September - Dive, Dunedin^
Saturday 17th September - Loons, Christchurch^

*Tickets via
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'Dispeller' is out July 15th via Melted Ice Cream (NZ), Shrimper (USA) and Meritorio (EU/UK).


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Ben Woods - Dispeller Tour
Thu 1st Sep 7:00pm
Meow, Wellington
Ben Woods - Dispeller Tour
Fri 2nd Sep 8:00pm
Whammy Bar, Auckland
Ben Woods - Dispeller Tour
Fri 16th Sep 8:00pm
Dive, Dunedin
Ben Woods - Dispeller Tour
Sat 17th Sep 8:00pm
The Loons, Lyttelton