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Benjamin Finger - Listen To My Nerves Hum (Time Released Sound, 2013)


ImageIt may be that Benjamin Finger's spirit and inclination to ignore conventions are only few of the reasons his legacy is still something of a secret. Benjamin is engaged in popular culture through various mediums, some of which are influencing him and explains why he combines various elements without any hesitation. His solo albums, and the ones he's done as half of Beneva vs. Clark Nova, are everything but easy to describe. They strongly refuse genres, and use layers of nursery rhymes, zen miniature pieces, muted electronica, high octave mixtures etc. A repeated listening of his previous albums proves once again that his music is wrapped into out-of-standard seductive pop shapes, and above all tells us that our brave friend works seriously both theoretically and practically with pop heritage as an intelligent and influential art form.


News is, after his two releases on the label How Is Annie Records - Woods of Broccoli (2009) and For You, Sleepsleeper (2011) - Benjamin changes his discographical starting point and, once again, changes the skeleton of his music. After the calming debut and the follow-up, his newest offering, Listen To My Nerves Hum, is released on Time Released Sound. The music is warm and cinematic as usual, with more empty spaces than before. If we reverse time and go back to Erik Satie, then it can be argued that he was the first to create what we refer to as pop expressions. The second time someone changed the term pop expressions was with Kraftwerk and their album Autobahn. Kraftwerk used punk, new wave, hip hop and techno units in a new/radical way to pop approach. These two approaches can describe Benjamin's music. Even though Benjamin has many layers in his music I consider the music to tend towards some kind of intelligent and twisted pop approach. It has all the elements for being huge. The in between spaces are full of confabulation and imagination (look at all those song titles) - filled with field recordings, wordless vocals and taped conversations - a hypnotic creation which simulates a sort of nostalgic pop from the early 20th century and just improves the creativity of listening.


There are so many releases in music similar to an approach as/like this one. And it can be a very tiresome exercise to listen to all of them all day long, one after another. There are many albums in this genre but they lack the vision and "something" I can't fully explain but makes a difference. Listen to my nerves hum has a different approach. This one worships piano and repetition with a unique use of filed recordings. It sounds really refreshing and sounds like a breeze! I cannot get tired of it and also I have a new favourite song with each new listening! There is so much music floating around these days but when the listener gets engaged as much as in this one I reckon that it is a clear indication of quality music.


And at the end of the day, Benjamin's album is useful as an ideal hypnotic state of mind.


Mileta Okiljevic