Steve Benjamins has been writing songs since he was ten years-old and realized he could plug keyboards into computers— but it wasn't until he was 26 that he began releasing music publicly. In the five years since then, his output has been prolific: 4 EPs and 9 singles. Benjamins had an exciting 2017. His first single of the year, 'Silence' rode a wave of success. After early exposure on Noon Pacific, Silence was featured on Spotify's official Fresh Finds playlist and several official Sony Music playlists. That exposure drew an audience: Silence was listened to over 300,000 times between Spotify, Soundcloud and Facebook.
'Purification Ritual' was the second single of 2017 and built off the momentum of 'Silence'. It was featured on 'Electronica 2018' and 'Indiemono' before racking up over 140,000 plays on Spotify.
"The word 'loverboy' (opening track) usually refers to a playboy or ladies man— but I wanted to mean it in a literal way: I'm a loverboy because I'm defined by my search for love. It's a song is written to myself. It opens by acknowledging the world is sad. It's easy to stay in bed. It closes by urging me on: there's still so much left in the world."
All songs on this EP are about an internal tension in men. 'Manhood' is about swinging wildly between confident swagger and swarming self-doubt. 'Obscene' is about a reactionary and isolating anger. 'Still In Love With You' is about seeing a broken world and still feeling in love with it.
Manhood is a 5-song EP written and recorded during 2017. It was produced by Stephen James Kerr. All songs were written and performed by Steve Benjamins.