Stuart Benjamin

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Born and resident in South Wales until the late 1990s I grew up listening to a combination of Male Voice Choirs and Death Metal. If I’m honest, both are with me still. I later moved to Wiltshire, where I am now resident in the same town as Andy Partridge of XTC. I’ve never met Andy. He’s never met me. I’m not sure what we’d do if we did meet. I’ve always listened to music that’s off-the-beaten-track. I’ve just got to listen to something new, something different. It’s a compulsion. I just can’t stand blandness in music. I must have excitement, experimentation in what I listen to. This is why I am here. Outside of all this prog-rock/psychedelia/free-jazz/punk/experimental stuff I also listen to classical music and opera, and I sing choral pieces both sacred and secular. Not because I’m any good at it, but because it’s hard to sing and the challenge is everything. My favourite band are Cardiacs, my guilty pleasure is Stevie Wonder. Go figure.

Articles by Stuart Benjamin

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Dvanov – The Edge of the Field

Russia might not spring to mind when you think of alternative rock, but clearly if there are other bands as accomplished and mature as Dvanov, it’ll be a seam well worth mining. By Stuart Benjamin

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Live Review: Transplant Music Night – Arts Centre, Salisbury

Stuart Benjamin went to the Transplant Music Night at the Salisbury Arts Centre. “As the music of the past spoke to the music of the present it was clear to see that Tim Smith’s legacy – beyond even Cardiacs – was the his inspiration for so many artists to draw from that past and make it soulful, fresh, and engaging for the future.”

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Deerhoof – The Magic

‘The Magic’ is classic Deerhoof – experimental, bold, audacious, weird. It is the super-friendly hit record of the summer. – By Stuart Benjamin

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The Claypool Lennon Delirium – The Monolith of Phobos

In many ways, it’s a sad record, but in others it’s just so glorious and for that reason alone it should be taking up space on your record shelves. By Stuart Benjamin

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30,000 Monkies – I Ate Myself to Grow Twice as Big

There are some great contrasts on this record, from heavy duty drone to almost psychedelic dream like twists that, perversely, are almost soothing on a record this heavy. A terrific debut. – By Stuart Benjamin

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Obsidian Kingdom – A Year With No Summer

If you like your post-rock (whatever that is) with a bit of a prog rock twist (whatever that is) then you should find every itch scratched by spending time in the company of these seven gloriously paranoid tracks. – By Stuart Benjamin

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Karl Bartos – Communication

So, not one for the curious, rather one for the completists and old fans such as me, but I won’t listen to it half as much as I listen to Autobahn. By Stuart Benjamin

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Guerilla Toss – Eraser Stargazer

Like a bunch of kids knocking back Lucozade each song explodes with barely suppressed relentlessness. The longest track here – ‘Grass Shack’ – almost recalls very early Cardiacs with its change of pace and barely discernible, surreal lyrics, which is high praise indeed. By Stuart Benjamin

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Kurushimi – Kurushimi

Riffs and saxes – but what riffs and saxes they are – on an album that should be as essential to you as air and water. – By Stuart Benjamin

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Lost Salt Blood Purges – Only the Youngest Grave

I think in anyone’s eyes this album is a triumph, setting the agenda of what music can be and the emotions it can stimulate. Do yourself a favour switch off your mobile, take the phone off the hook and give yourself over to it. I truly hope it gets the recognition it so clearly deserves. Magnificent. – By Stuart Benjamin

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My-Ra Superstar – Some Of These Objects Are Cursed

A valiant effort (in spite of the geography) to keep the voice of rock ‘n’ roll dissent alive and well – and there are too few bands doing that these days. By Stuart Benjamin

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Instrumental (adj.) – A Series Of Disagreements

I can’t wait for a full-length record. I really, really can’t. I’d really love to hear this group expand their ideas and their sound into an album length odyssey. – By Stuart Benjamin

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Za! – Loloismo

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Rulebook? Forget it! ‘Loloismo’ at once lurches from industrial math-rock to rap, from Arabic influenced Spanish guitar to hardcore, with enough odd time-signatures to keep all you outsider music freaks happy. – By Stuart Benjamin

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Hinterlandt – Ensemble

For my money, Hinterlandt have produced a really original record in Ensemble, which is really worth an hour of your time if you’re looking for a break from the self-imposed silo of your usual listening. By Stuart Benjamin

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Fat White Family – Songs for our Mothers

The band work through ten tunes that epitomise their drone/disco/psych punk dynamic. The whole album crackles along with dark energy. By Stuart Benjamin

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Anna von Hausswolff – The Miraculous

The whole genius of Pop music in it’s truest form, is to distill the whole experience of life into something under three minutes long – and somehow, von Hausswolff manages to do this with whole alternate universes. Peerless. BY Stuart Benjamin

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Nik Turner – Space Fusion Odyssey

From the first note to the last you are drawn into a universe hermetically sealed in it’s own bubble where – for the length of the album, only its own rules seem to make sense. By Stuart Benjamin

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Killing Joke – Pylon

Pylon is – to my mind – one of the great Killing Joke albums. Every song delivers in spades, with no hint of “oh that’s just filler”. It grabs your attention like the cops busting in your front door in a early morning raid, you sit transfixed as the whole thing bludgeons out of the speakers like truncheon bearing rozzers. By Stuart Benjamin

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The Men That Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing – Not your Typical Victorians

I really enjoyed my time with the Victorian punks, and thanked my lucky stars that I didn’t live then. Mind you, there’s as much injustice around today and you don’t have to look very far to find it – so where are all the witty, angry bands like The Men Who Will Not Be Blamed For Nothing? In short supply, I fear. By Stuart Benjamin

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Yuka & Chronoship – The 3rd Planetary Chronicles

Too often is prog seen as a male dominated genre, the contribution of women to prog-rock has often been invisible, unnoticed and unsung. As a band-leader and creator of this quite remarkable record I think she’s more than proved that she can produce, what I think, is my favourite prog-release of the year. By Stuart Benjamin

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Interview: Stomper from Evil Blizzard

With a second album – Everybody Come To Church – having just hit the shops and live dates with Public Image Limited and The Fall under their belts, Evil Blizzard’s fortunes are riding high. Leaving chaos, confusion, and monstrous progeny in their wake, the band pretty much have torn up the rock ‘n’ roll rulebook and are clearly set for great things. Stuart Benjamin caught up with Stomper from the band, taking five in his dressing-gown, slippers, and smoking a pipe in his book lined study…

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