Monday, December 9, 2013
The Bennetts - Dreamkeeper
Ahhhh - the fuzzy, jangling guitars get me every time. The delivery in this case is via The Bennetts, a four-piece from Athens, Greece, consisting of Fotis (vocals and guitar), Thanasis (guitar), Don Mondie (bass) and Akis (drums). The ace explorers for all things indie pop at Seattle's Jigsaw Records have signed the band up for a seven-track release titled Dreamkeeper.
The arrangements stand as a testament to the theory that often the simple is most effective. Fotis' vocals have a distinctive natural ache that infuses the songs with poignancy. I have provided four of my favorites below (I had intended to limit myself to three, but couldn't decide which one to cut). If you only have time for two, I recommend "Monday" and "Naples", which are classic guitar pop gems. If you want more than four, stream the entire album at the Bandcamp link below. Dreamkeeper is a very nice album on its own, and is a strong opening statement for a band that should have a lot to offer in the future.
The album is available as a digital download for $5. The CD plus a download code is $6, and a cassette plus download is $5. See the links below.
Jigsaw link for physical copy
Bandcamp for digital copy
The Bennetts' Soundcloud