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Ben New | Step into Liquid

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Step into Liquid

by Ben New

Beautifully rendered modern rock songs with strong connections to classic pop songwriting; this music washes over you like a sublime ocean.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It's Raining Isabella
5:17 $0.99
2. Mammocks of Matilda
6:49 $0.99
3. Only Love
6:20 $0.99
4. Step into Liquid
5:40 $0.99
5. Baja Country
5:12 $0.99
6. Come to Kathmandu
6:37 $0.99
7. The Windmill and the Lance
3:27 $0.99
8. Forever in the Dark
5:45 $0.99
9. Alchemy
5:30 $0.99
10. Moody Judy
3:02 $0.99
11. Great Again
5:03 $0.99
12. Aethiopia
6:00 $0.99
13. The Soldier's Story
7:35 $0.99
14. Another Ocean of Despair
6:36 $0.99
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Album Notes
Ben is well known as a virtuoso guitarist, but on this album the songwriting is perhaps the most impressive feature. Oh, there's plenty of really interesting guitar on the album, but what strikes me foremost is the homage to classic radio friendly music of bygone days while also sounding fresh and innovative. No small task. There is immediate connection to the music which has plenty of naturally flowing hooks, but more importantly there are subtle details that reveal themselves only over repeated listens. There are elements of Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, XTC, 10cc, (numerous reviewers compared this album to classic 10cc), Depeche Mode, and all sorts of 60s jangle rock. There's a lot to like here for any discerning listener. Ben has described his style as meta-pop. There's something metaphysical and ethereal going on but the proceedings are deeply rooted in numerous styles of classic sonata form pop music from various decades. There's a spirituous mix of the best elements of the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's, as well as contemporary styles evident in the artist's palette.
For all this talk of roots in the past, the more important elements are the originality of the songs; sometimes haunting and exquisitely visceral; other times darkly humorous and terrestrial. As in literature and film, "liquid" is a metaphor here for the unconscious blurry world our wakeful minds have little concrete knowledge of. There's Jungian symbols and bits of Herman Hesse's "magic theater" scattered about....yet this is definitely not a dark outing. Overall the album has an uplifting warm quality. There is melancholia but it's a matured embracing of such things. It's also a study in contrasts both in sonority and in theme. So come to Kathmandu...and give this music a good listen. You will be rewarded!



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Ned West

Wow, best album of the year Ben!!!
From the first song to the last, I'm loving this!
Fantastic album. Really, every song just pops!