New Ben Folds EP Due July 22

Having tired of the big publicity machine that is the major record label world, Ben Folds has mentioned that the recent downturn in the record industry is allowing him to release three five-song EPs this year via Epic, beginning with “Speed Graphic” on July 22.

“I’m going to do things that are really more about the music for me and less about the hype,” says Folds. “Because I’m on a major label, there is no escaping the way that we have to do business when I release an album — everybody wants the ‘Album of the Year’ Rolling Stone bullsh*t where you get two-stars in the review and your face is all over the front. The way to bypass that for me is just to not go through the normal channels. And if I put out an EP, nobody can take it seriously.”

While he predicts an Epic album release in early 2004, the piano man is turning his attention to producing actor William Shatner’s upcoming album, sessions for which are slated to begin later this year and due in stores next year. Folds worked with Shatner on his 1998 solo album “Volume 1.”


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