Published on January 22nd, 2012 | by Clara Cullen
Ben Lee- Deeper Into Dream
Ben Lee’s new album pushes him into new musical territory; it is at times a fascinating, quirky but also frustrating listen. The album works as a sort concept album delving into the mysteries of dreams. It opens with a spoken word intro in which Lee and others discuss their strangest and most vivid dreams. This then segues into the opening song “Deeper Into Dream” from which the album gets its title. It is this experimental streak within Lee that is fully explored within the album.
The album as a whole is both angular and strange in its instrumentation yet always retaining its melodic base. Songs such as “The Church of Everybody Else” is a great demonstration of Lee’s ability to write a catchy song. However, with this album there is a definite sense that Lee’s creative vision matters far more to him than his ability to write a hit song. After all Lee is a songwriter who has been in the “music industry” since his early teens, he’s played its game and paid his dues and now is making music very much for himself.
The album for some will be hard to get into upon first listen. It’s not an overtly catchy album, and its unusual subject matter may put more tepid people off. Yet, if you stick with the album, its song writing and originality shines through, creating at the very least an album that should be talked about and puzzled over.
The album is available now on Lojinx :http://www.lojinx.com/home
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