They Owe Us, Benjamin Cartel

They Owe Us

Benjamin Cartel

Thu · June 6, 2019

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm


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This event is 21 and over

They Owe Us
They Owe Us
They Owe Us' is Rane and Kris. Their forthcoming album, Broken English & Sad Serenades revels in unique arrangements and sonic palettes, such as “Robots”, an electro psychedelic trip through the artifice of filthy rich lifestyles and lame VIP nonsense. “Brushing Off The Dust” is a straightforward one-take wedding song hammered out on a compressed piano. The raw vocoder in “Hots For You And Your Silence” with the MPC-3000 salutes the night with grit and gravity. And the cymbal-driven title track truly pulls on the duo’s shared musical and lyrical interests.
Benjamin Cartel
Benjamin Cartel
Benjamin Cartel is no stranger to making music that quickly connects with its listeners. That’s something he’s always excelled at, first with the substantial attention and acclaim accorded his duo Kaiser Cartel, and then, with a return to his solo career. To date, the latter has yielded two highly acclaimed efforts, an EP called Money and Love and a full length outing entitled Gothenberg, each of which helped broaden his reputation while underscoring his obvious ambitions.

“Benjamin Cartel’s songs can often conjure the same subliminal tension as that of a Randy Newman or John Prine” -.American Songwriter

With Cartel’s upcoming release, Flickering Light, he moves the needle even further, opening up a sonic palette that not only reflects his expansive musical vision, but also reflects his attention to craft and detail through astute, articulate arrangements and a sound that’s both stirring and sublime. Co-produced by longtime colleague Mike Cohen and recorded at Trout Studios in Brooklyn (home to recordings by Evan Dando and Joan as Police Woman) and Flower Studios in Minneapolis (which birthed records by The Replacements and The Jayhawks), the new album found Cartel intimately involved in every detail of the process. With Cartel playing guitar and drums, Cohen contributing guitar and Kieran Mulvaney anchoring the proceedings on bass, the results verify that fact that Flickering Light is easily Cartel’s greatest achievement yet.

Then again, Cartel felt a decided connection to each of these songs, most of which were written and accumulated over the past few years. “When I write, I like to have a story to write about,” he insists. “I often take my inspiration from things that friends of mine have experienced. Then I’ll write the song from a first person point of view and create a lyric that’s completely direct. Other times I’ll take my own experiences and share them though a song. Either way, I see myself as a storyteller, and while the narrative may not always be completely literal, I do try to interpret the events with some imagination and put myself in the center of the song.
Venue Information:
Bowery Electric
327 Bowery
New York, NY, 10003