Refuge is an incredible album, full of masterfully crafted tracks. Ben Jacob has never sounded better, and his song-writing has reached new heights. Fatea
A stunning track that feels like an amazing new direction.. BBC Introducing
These are important and significant songs that deserve to be heard. One of the best, certainly the most emotionally powerful, albums I’ve heard for many years. FRUK
Lancashire-born singer-songwriter Tobias ben Jacob releases REFUGE, a vibrant new album of electronica-tinged story-songs inspired by people at the heart of the global refugee crisis.
Conceived whilst working six days a week as a delivery driver, Tobias dreamed up the entire concept for the record in lay-bys in his Devon hometown, pulling over to jot down lyrics and record demos on his phone.
The inspiration for the album came after Tobias made contact with Zekria Farzad, an Afghan refugee and former journalist who had set up the Wave of Hope For The Future School at Moria Refugee Camp, Lesbos. Talking with Zekria and hearing some of his incredible accounts of courage and hope during a hellish struggle to find a place of safety for his family, Tobias set out to try and explore more of these inspiring human stories through his songwriting.
Tobias enlisted John Elliott of the band The Little Unsaid to produce and record the album, the two holing themselves up in a remote house in the wilds of Exmoor and recording the entire album in one week whilst storms raged continually outside. A crowd-funder was set up to help complete the album, with additional funds being raised towards new school buildings at Moria Camp. After the tragic fire at Moria, the Wave of hope team went on to rebuild and set up sister schools at other camps in Greece.