Ben Seretan is a New York City based guitarist and singer-songwriter. He announced the release of a new album titled Youth Pastoral which is out on February 28th via Whatever’s Clever. features Nico Hedley on bass; Dan Knishkowy (Adeline Hotel) on drums; Alex Lewis (The Early & Flat Mary Road) on lap steel and guitar cacophony; Dave Lackner (Blue Jazz TV) on flute and saxophone; and vocal harmonies from Seretan’s close friend, the late sculptor Devra Freelander. It was mixed by Will Stratton.

According to the press release, it explores the mythic California Seretan experienced as a Christian teenager, as well as his departure from god’s shadow and the path of fire he later walked down in the midst of a tumultuous codependent relationship. It is a deeply personal record, one in which he explicitly sets the simple triumph of living through it to music. “Am I Doing Right by You?” is a new excerpt. Listen below.