Australian indie-pop artist Benjamino unveils new single “Clutching At Shadows” on the perils of unrequited friendship.
Hailing from Wollongong, New South Wales, Ben Cauduro kept his musical prowess under wraps until 2019, when he emerged from his chrysalis as Benjamino – a multi-instrumentalist indie, soul and funk connoisseur. Taking influence from Rex Orange County, Father John Misty and Vulfpeck, his conversational and disarmingly honest lyrics combined with stank-face grooves have seen Triple J Unearthed and other local radio stations championing his name.
“Clutching At Shadows” was inspired by a one-way friendship and the determination to build some stronger self-worth, upon the realisation that his effort wasn’t being reciprocated. Benjamino describes this song as a tribute to “anyone who feels more like they’re an acquaintance to their close friend” (we’ve all been there). His chatty lyrics are framed by thick synth textures and a horn section, with bass and drum rhythms that do more than just hint at Ben’s love for funk music. You might add “Clutching At Shadows” to a playlist alongside Mark Ronson or Nick Murphy, given Benjamino’s sophisticated approach to writing catchy hooks and ability to play pretty much every instrument under the sun. An essence of nostalgia underpins his work, as though his musical style is like a sponge that’s soaked up teachings and techniques from every record he’s ever listened to, making him an incredibly exciting artist to watch out for.
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