Steve Benjamins – Sightlines
Steve Benjamins is a musician from Toronto. His latest release Sightlines is an ear pleasing collection of downtempo and indie pop. While his music does have the sound of these genres, this work is eclectic, unique and fresh. His voice is both powerful and soothing. His compositions leave the listener wishing to hear more. In my opinion, this six track EP, his third release, is his best… I mean that, on discovery of Steve, I listened to everything I could find by him on the web.
Steve’s combination of vocal and musical styles keep it mellow while maintaining steady movement and energy. He keeps it interesting, you won’t want to stop listening.
There are tracks that flow very much like a Philip Glass work with simple almost monophonic repetitive melodies, others layered for an orchestral feel, at times reminiscent of Mike and the Mechanics, even very unique tracks with a discordant battle going on between the instruments and, best of all, doing it all by creating distinct sound of his own.
While Mr. Benjamins has done other works, his latest, Sightlines, again in my opinion, is his best work to date. Well produced and mastered it is wonderful listen. I will touch on his earlier works shortly, for now, the tracks on the latest are:
- Sightlines – this is one of them that reminded me of Philip Glass
- We Used to Live – I like the use of repetition on this one
- Devotion – another mellow beauty of vocal and instrument interplay and intro to the next track
- Steamroller – a nice slow-moving track
- Exploding Boy – I loved this one, very much reminded me of Alan Parson Project
- Later On – I liked the poetry like flow
His previous works are another reason to follow this man. One of the kewlest things about my life is that I was born in the year of the British Invasion. (No, not the War of 1812, the one in the 60s, led by The Beatles and other British bands.) I got into music at an early age and saw some great bands bear first fruit, go through musical puberty, expand, develop and mature. It is much fun to listen to such a progression.
While I like Sightlines the best, I enjoy all of his music much. While many musicians release one good work, Steve has delivered three. Although I avoid cliches, I feel “third time is a charm” fits about musical releases. Many musicians release one or two good works, by the time they release three solid offerings, it is time to seriously follow them for more. In short, I am looking forward to future releases.
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