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Simon Benegas – Feel It Grow EP – Album Review

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Music is a universal language, and it’s one that you can hear loud and clear on the Feel It Grow EP by Simon Benegas,┬áthe Buenos Aires/New York artist with more in his sound than your average singer songwriter. The title drives the flow of each song’s move from sparse to dense and with Benegas about to embark on a North American tour, he should be confident in the weapon he’s bringing that this album truly is.

The tenderness is at the forefront on “Sun” with Benegas’s voice and guitar pulling listener’s in for an intimate intro. Any worries the song won’t move past that are quashed when the band emerges one at a time to fill out its sound, and deliver it through hopeful choruses, as well as some delightful whistling. Benegas’ finesses this slow drip even more effectively on “Shine” mixing a James Blunt-style verse section with a powerful build of instruments to create a swell of emotion. Ending with a joyous set of harmonies to close the song memorably.

The reserved feeling on the opening of “One Desire” craft an intensely private emotional feeling that it’s almost shocking when the song starts pulling away from it. On this track however the growth of instruments seems to match an emotional growth, as the music swells from sombre and quiet to the rushing ecstasy that it closes on, with effortless transitions from each section to the next. The formula is present by the time “Easily” starts but Benegas talent excuses this. The vocal hooks he delivers, the groove built in the track and hits he drives home are delicious and keep the track from falling into the sonic lull of so many acoustic songwriters, especially with his subtle use of effects to give his guitars that much more of a sound. The cherry on top is quaint little keyboard solo that both plays great and sounds even better to close out the track on a smooth note.

On closing track “Grow” the vocals and guitars have a great back and forth creating an intro that’s as lovely to listen to as it is impressive. The switches in the sway of the music keep it fresh through its first half and build its excitement and joy as it builds to its climax with chugging drums and slow crescendo of electric guitar. The bursts in its finale of instruments, especially the high tones of a xylophone or keyboard close it with every ounce of dynamics left in the EP.

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