“Sighlines” by Steve Benjamins, EP Review

sightlines-BenjaminsSightlines by Steve Benjamins is a melodic, indie-pop album that will leave you craving more. Sightlines is Benjamins’ second EP, and is jam packed with beautiful instrumentals, catchy melodies, and incredibly personal lyrics that create a strangely intimate feeling. With six songs, including the single “We Used To Live,” Sightlines will definitely leave its mark.

Benjamins incorporates many different elements into his EP. In only six songs, you feel like you’ve listened to a whole story. The lyrics by themselves are incredibly detailed and obviously personal. The passion that Benjamins sings with, though, is what really makes them translate. You don’t feel like you’re listening to an EP, mass produced for all to listen to. You feel like you’re alone with Benjamins, hearing his story over a cup of coffee.

The song “We Used to Live” is one of the best examples of this. The lyrics are detailed, giving you a main story that draws you in from the first verse. In addition to detailed lyrics, Benjamins weaves different instruments together to create a unique, upbeat melody that brings the song to a whole different level.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that it’s perfect. While the melodies are beautiful, even breath taking at times, you get bored of some of the instruments by the end of the album. There’s a definite theme to Sightlines, that carries through all six songs. This creates a brilliant flow to the EP, but the theme itself starts to run dry. You can’t listen to it over and over again – you get bored.

However, if you’re looking for a soft, indie-pop record to kick back and listen to, then Sightlines is definitely the EP for you. With intimate songs, expressive lyrics, and captivating instrumentals, Sightlines does not disappoint.

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