"From the first synth driven onslaught of Cry-Fi, his third LP, it's clear Benjy is rummaging through the storage space and pulling out sounds and words from his past and seeing if they still fit in our new age.
The innocence of Leaving the Nest is clearly sublimated but still creaking through the cracks of these more muscular tracks. The sounds are processed and deep, and the words belie a post-weary man.
Benjy has written a collection of recollections of pain and hurt and all the smells of the sweaty canvas that are usually beneath the boxers feet, but unfortunately too often too close.
This record takes us by the scruff and lifts us up and slaps us and cuts our eyelids open and splashes water on our face and says, to us, to himself, that we must get back up, get back out there and fight.
There is always desperation, but it is glorious sometimes, in our past. Benjy sings from a desperate place, his voice crying above the din, but clearly on the other side of something. He sees glory. He sings of it." - Brendan Canty (filmmaker/composer, Fugazi, Super Silver Haze)
CRY-FI: Benjy Ferree's triumphant new album, available now through Trick Bag Records and streaming on all major platforms.
Benjy Ferree is a new man; a new man with a new sound. Cry-Fi is not only the name of his third album; it's the name of the genre in which Ferree's alchemic amalgamation of sounds both new and influenced combine. A blend of synths, Moog's, analog drum machines, and warped guitar lay strident riffs behind Ferree's formidable falsetto and heartrendingly introspective lyrics.
Watch the music video for the single "I'm A New Man" here:
WAMU's Bandwidth (4/13/16):
" 'I figured, might as well do something crazy like make a record when you’re trying to survive,' says Ferree, 41. 'If I’m gonna die, I’d rather die singing.'
He sings a lot — and sings well — on Cry-Fi, which trades his Americana sound for the R&B and pop stylings he explored on his 2012 two-songer. But over the album’s 10 tracks, Ferree doesn’t sound like he’s dying. He sounds like a survivor."