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Lonely Benson – Lonely Benson

Lonely Benson is an absolute fucking virtuoso and his debut album makes that crystal clear. It’s scattered with hints of nostalgia that touch specific parts of the soul (my Neon Indian chillwave phase and perpetual ’80s fandom are both satisfied), yet he simultaneously delivers a new experience that teases out fresh thoughts and feelings. The carefree tropical vibes that are spread throughout the record are so tantalizing and make for the perfect soundtrack as it begins to push upwards of 100 degrees on this side of the country.

The album’s last single is my favorite cut in particular. It’s titled “Let It Go” and it’s driven by buzzy synths layered in a way that grounds the song while simultaneously giving it a dynamic touch. The hook is a perfect culmination as all the moving electronic parts strike together in harmony while his singing feels like another symbiotic layer rather than a detached lead. It’s modern new wave excellence and I can’t get enough. My other immediate recommendations are “Location” and “Let Me Know”, but you can’t go wrong with any track on this album. Kick back on the beach, press play, and let it sweep you away.