3 falling out
8 television static
For fans of: Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, lovesliescrushing, aspidistrafly
Genres: experimental ambient, glitch-bliss, sound art
21-year-old Benjamin James Stewart’s debut ranges from lo-fi ambient glitch-bliss to roaring fuzzed-out noise collages. Drone/ambient soundscapes abruptly collide with chilly, piercing, and eruptive aggressions. The processed guitars, synths, and subtle vocals blend and blur within the ocean of serene/chaotic moments. This evocative album doesn’t play softly. Spaces‘ eight tracks wind through distinct atmospheres: euphoric, other-worldly, chopped, anesthetized. Noise weaves freely throughout, pushing through the mix and navigating space. With seven years of recordings sampled, resampled, layered, reshaped, and resampled (yet again), Benjamin created Spaces in France, Canada, Utah, Texas, and Mississippi. Studio recordings, live shows, jam sessions and sentimental instances of sounds that come through everyday life conspire on these nostalgic, personal journeys through heavy emotional and dissociative states.
Benjamin James Stewart is a non-binary French-American writer, musician and visual artist currently living in Mississippi with their partner, elz, and two cats in a poster-plastered, book-filled apartment. Benjamin and elz learn, live, and listen next to each other while integrating their lessons into new projects (visual, written, and musical) while the cats ebulliently roam the apartment’s halls. Born in Texas in the year 2000, Benjamin has been writing, recording and performing music under various monikers since they were twelve. Over the years they’ve ghostwritten and produced on songs and albums by other artists.
Written, performed, and recorded by Benjamin James Stewart
Artwork by Benjamin & elz
Alejandro Garza – bass on ‘lucid’
elz – recording on ‘fleurs’
Karalee Hobson – guitars and additional vocals on ‘garden’
Noah Garcia – saw on ‘fleurs’ & ‘television static’
Phillip Leo Bennett – acoustic guitar on ‘television static’