Hidden Shoal Recordings today announced the release of the debut solo outing by Monocle’s Rich Bennett. Music For Underwater Supermarkets is a giddy journey through eight aisles of Rich Bennett’s imagination, evoking both the wondrous and infinite spaces of childhood and the hazy introspection of an adulthood spent trying to reclaim this sense of wonder.
Sharing a sonic playing field with Nick Drake’s Bryter Layter, Burt Bacharach’s instrumental originals, Sam Prekop’s solo debut and Stereolab’s quieter moments, Music For Underwater Supermarkets also stakes out its own idiosyncratic turf, confirming Rich Bennett’s status as a songwriter and producer of exceptional talent. From the chiming guitars and vibraphones of ‘Entrance’ to the melancholy synth undertow of ‘The Underwater Supermarket’, this is a shining and strangely moving symphony to daydreaming. This instrumental mini-album alternates between jazz-infused compositions of exceptional fluidity and sophistication, and moody miniatures, creating a strangely immersive whole that demands repeat listens.
Music For Underwater Supermarkets is available now on CD and in digital format through Hidden Shoal Recordings. Visit the HSR Store for all availability and distribution information, and check out a full press release here.
Rich Bennett – Aisle 2: Entrance Rich Bennett – Aisle 2: Entrance