There are no music bloggers I respect more than Mark from yvynyl. So when Mark says he’s a big fan of an emerging artist, my ears perk up.
Indeed, Mark recently shared “Brother Ray (Kingdom Came)” by Lunifred Benjamin, comparing the track to the early releases by San Francisco’s now defunct Girls. And let there be no doubt, there are seriously some “Hellhole Ratrace” vibes to this one. Sonically you may also detect the warmth and subtle grandeur of Mutual Benefit‘s Love’s Crushing Diamond. The results are pretty spectacular.
Indeed, “Brother Ray (Kingdom Came)” is lyrically vulnerable and thoughtfully arranged with saxophone, flute, and viola all accenting a lovely and understated composition. I’ve been obsessing over it and the rest of the material on the songwriter’s Soundcloud and Bandcamp pages.
Amazingly, the whole new album, Autumn Suite for August Minor, was recorded, mixed, & mastered all in one night (only a few weeks ago) at Ace Hotel in New York City when he was an artist-in-residence. If you like what you hear, you’ll find the album on Bandcamp.