Album artwork for  What Matters Most by Ben Folds
Album artwork for  What Matters Most by Ben Folds
Album artwork for  What Matters Most by Ben Folds

Folds’ masterful new collection, What Matters Most, isn’t so much a statement as it is an offering, an open hand reaching out to all those wounded and bewildered by a world that seems to make less and less sense every day. Recorded in East Nashville with co-producer Joe Pisapia, the album marks Folds’ first new studio release in eight years, and it’s a bold, timely, cinematic work, one that examines the tragic and the absurd in equal measure as it reckons with hope and despair, gratitude and loss, identity and perspective. The songs are bittersweet here, hilarious at times, but often laced with a quiet sense of longing and dread: a text message goes unanswered; an old classmate descends into the dark depths of internet conspiracies; a relationship unravels in the middle of a lake. And yet, taken as a whole, the result is an undeniably joyful record that refuses to succumb to the weight of the world around it, an ecstatic reminder of all the beauty and promise hiding in plain sight for anyone willing (and present enough) to recognize their moments as they arrive.

Ben Folds

What Matters Most

New West Records
Album artwork for  What Matters Most by Ben Folds
LP +

£34.99

exclusivesigned

Comes with Bonus Yellow Flexi Disc Featuring a Cover of the Psychedelic Furs, "Ghost in You." Housed in Gatefold Sleeve.

Metallic Gold

Rough Trade Exclusive
Signed Copy
Limited to 200 copies
Released 09/06/2023Catalogue Number

NW5741LPRT

Album artwork for  What Matters Most by Ben Folds
LP +

£43.99

signed

Housed in Gatefold Sleeve.

Seaglass Blue

Signed Copy
Released 09/06/2023Catalogue Number

LPNW5740IE

Album artwork for  What Matters Most by Ben Folds
CD

£14.99

Digipack

Released 09/06/2023Catalogue Number

CDNW6545

Album artwork for  What Matters Most by Ben Folds
LP

£34.99

Housed in Gatefold Sleeve

Black
Released 09/06/2023Catalogue Number

LPNW5686

Album artwork for  What Matters Most by Ben Folds
LP +

£34.99

Yellow
Released 24/11/2023Catalogue Number

LPNW5766C

Ben Folds

What Matters Most

New West Records
Album artwork for  What Matters Most by Ben Folds
LP +

£34.99

exclusivesigned

Comes with Bonus Yellow Flexi Disc Featuring a Cover of the Psychedelic Furs, "Ghost in You." Housed in Gatefold Sleeve.

Metallic Gold

Rough Trade Exclusive
Signed Copy
Limited to 200 copies
Released 09/06/2023Catalogue Number

NW5741LPRT

Album artwork for  What Matters Most by Ben Folds
LP +

£43.99

signed

Housed in Gatefold Sleeve.

Seaglass Blue

Signed Copy
Released 09/06/2023Catalogue Number

LPNW5740IE

Album artwork for  What Matters Most by Ben Folds
CD

£14.99

Digipack

Released 09/06/2023Catalogue Number

CDNW6545

Album artwork for  What Matters Most by Ben Folds
LP

£34.99

Housed in Gatefold Sleeve

Black
Released 09/06/2023Catalogue Number

LPNW5686

Album artwork for  What Matters Most by Ben Folds
LP +

£34.99

Yellow
Released 24/11/2023Catalogue Number

LPNW5766C

Folds’ masterful new collection, What Matters Most, isn’t so much a statement as it is an offering, an open hand reaching out to all those wounded and bewildered by a world that seems to make less and less sense every day. Recorded in East Nashville with co-producer Joe Pisapia, the album marks Folds’ first new studio release in eight years, and it’s a bold, timely, cinematic work, one that examines the tragic and the absurd in equal measure as it reckons with hope and despair, gratitude and loss, identity and perspective. The songs are bittersweet here, hilarious at times, but often laced with a quiet sense of longing and dread: a text message goes unanswered; an old classmate descends into the dark depths of internet conspiracies; a relationship unravels in the middle of a lake. And yet, taken as a whole, the result is an undeniably joyful record that refuses to succumb to the weight of the world around it, an ecstatic reminder of all the beauty and promise hiding in plain sight for anyone willing (and present enough) to recognize their moments as they arrive.