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And His Splash Band

Benzi, Liam

And His Splash Band

Fat Possum
LP $32.25

09/27/2024 767981184418 

FP 1844-1 


***Liam Benzvi’s music imbues the white-hot effervescence that comes from growing up a New Yorker; channeling encounters with those you might never see again or meeting the one person who can change your life. Benzvi has been part of the New York music scene since his days in of-the-moment indie pop outfit Strange Names, but over the years has leaned further into his pop star sensibilities by collaborating with the likes of Dev Hynes & Porches and opening dates with Harry Styles. …And His Splash Band, Benzvi’s debut for Fat Possum, sees Benzvi fully embrace the role of pop provocateur. Born out of a book he owned with a bunch of covers of glam rock/proto punk bands from 1970s Europe, he imagines the thrill of having a one hit wonder and, in a more modern premise, being an industry plant. Benzvi has a knack for romanticizing everything, even misfortune: “the novelty of a band is so precious and hard to achieve in NYC financially.” Why not buy into that fantasy? Benzvi began work on …And His Splash Band in the summer of 2022. He recorded the majority of the record in Nick Weiss (Nightfeelings)’ studio situated above a sex shop on Santa Monica Boulevard and put the final touches on vocal features at a studio beneath the restaurant Indochine in Soho.. And His Splash Band embodies the frenetic buzz of both cities, and frizzes with the potential of meeting anyone, anytime. This includes the collection of characters whom Benzvi sourced to comprise “The Splash Band”: friends and acquaintances with no prior musical experience but equipped with the wide-eyed insouciance that comes with being young and beautiful. Liam initially filmed himself playing all the parts on the record, tediously sending the rest of the band videos of every little thing. They spent hours doing improv building their separate characters into something fully realized. The record is alight with bursts of serotonin: from the magnetic freewheeling synth pop of openers “Take Care of Me” and “Dust” to the soulful bounce of Hynes-assisted “Other Guys” and more downtempo balladry of “2N4”, the music never loses its sparkle. …And His Splash Band capitalizes on the thrill of it, even as it becomes more delirious (“Breakdown”). Benzvi has often spoken about the “emotional coordinates” of his music, perfectly capturing that blip of adrenaline, the sweet spot that sweeps you off your feet. In a day and age where being an artist is just as much about style as about substance, he’s keen to play the game, on his terms. He sounds like a genuine star.