Right from the first note, the urgency of American singer-songwriter James Bene’s hyper indie-pop ballad, Hours, grips you. The strong melodies and visceral vocals resound so powerfully that any indication of the intensity of the balladic electro-pop anthem seems like an understatement.
Lyrically, you couldn’t ask for rawer intimacy, but sonically, the soundscape is almost matchless. With the overdriven indie guitars searing around the snappy percussion and the depth in the keys, the instrumentals are only just robust enough to platform Bene’s fiercely impassioned vocals as they question waning affection. Needless to say, it is a hit. If any up and coming artist has what it takes to dominate the charts, it is James Bene.
Review by Amelia Vandergast