If you follow our music reviews, you know we love discussing up and coming artists with you. Steve Benjamins is an independent pop musician who recently released a new EP entitled “Sightlines.” So, is it worth checking out?
Steve Benjamins Sightlines Review
Benjamin’s EP begins with the title track. What is immediately noticeable is that his voice sounds very similar to John Mayer and, had no one told me, I would have sworn it was him singing. The song has a slow vibe to it that would be perfect for being played in a coffee shop.
“We Used To Live,” the next track that follows, picks up the pace a little bit with an upbeat piano and drum section, which quickly progresses into a dance-esque sound. While the lyrics mostly revolve around Benjamins signing the phrase “we used to live for it,” it’s definitely an enjoyable track.
“Devotion,” which follows, shows off Benjamin’s ability to play the piano beautifully. Rather than sing on this track, he simply just uses his voice to make an “oo” sound. The result is a beautiful interlude that clocks in at 1 minute 48 seconds and makes for an enjoyable listen.
“Exploding Boy” is an emotionally driven track that appears later on the EP and is one of the highlights. While the background music features what sounds like an electronic drum loop which is neat, Benjamin’s voice and lyrics are the star of this song. I particularly enjoyed when he sang, “Drag me from my room, teach me how to breathe, pull me by my roots, drag me from the scene.”
Also included on Benjamins’s EP are the pretty “Steamroller” and the EP closer, “Later On.”
With his new EP “Sightlines,” Steve Benjamins definitely proves that he has the vocal talent to be successful. The biggest challenge I foresee him having is the fact that he is vocally similar to John Mayer and Mayer is already a star; however, since he has some stylistic experimentation on this record, he definitely stands a chance to be heard- and, in my opinion, deserves to be.