Morning Stanzas





The Benzos' debut Morning Stanzas could be described as the culmination of eleven trips into the minds of five very progressive artists. Part organic, ethereal, "floating-on-a-cloud" wash of guitars, part glowsticks and trip-hoppy beats, the vocals soar from a lower register singing of let's say an American sounding Chris Martin to the upper reaches of Jeff Buckley and Robert Plant that few singers have the balls [in a vice] for. Using two singers they ultimately can put must comparisons aside, keeping each song moving effortlessly forward into their own sound. "It's Amiable" is one of the more mid-tempo tracks, but one that puts the Benzos firmly on a level worthy of the buzz out there on this band. Sort of Coldplay meets Embrace on an epic arcing space sonata. You feel it, the emotion in their music is worthy of a restraining order if it gets in the wrong hands. Moving into "Warm Road", the song acts as a foil showing the vocals and beats in a new offering. More upbeat, the vocals work perfectly on the back-and-forth chorus between Christian Celeya and cousin Michael Ortega. When they want to, the band can space out there with the knob-turning set or they can bring in the jams and get all Radiohead on yer ass. Kind of like Muse without all the wanky, shredding triads and "hammer-on" metal noddletry. Case in point, "Sore Eyes" sounds like UNKLE got involved on production, and then next song "Ideal Magnet" goes Meddle-meets-"Last Goodbye" and you just melt into your couch until daybreak. The disc ends on "Spins", yet another perfect blending of this world and the "other-worldly" songcrafting this band has a keen knack for. Other standouts are "The Blue Around You" and "You're Forever An Hourglass". Seeing this band a few times live, it's refreshing to see a great live band capture their sound on recording. Well done. The albums hits in May but look for the band to be gaining momentum fan by fan until then.

Benzos
Stinky Records

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