As 2018 finds its stride, soulful Australian vocal luminary Benji Lewis returns to the spotlight with a new single and his first SXSW appearances on the horizon. “Deep Blue” is a calming electronic-pop crooner, with a subtle trap-influenced beat courtesy of Benji’s Mammal Sounds management teammate Max Byrne aka Golden Vessel. Serene and bubbly like the song’s aquatic namesake, Golden Vessel’s buoyant sound design provides the perfect backbone for Benji’s wistful, buttery voice. Immense range and evocative delivery are the hallmarks of Benji’s intimate vocal delivery, which has struck a poignant chord with listeners worldwide.
Benji Lewis became one of Melbourne’s most notable talents following his 2016 debut EP Hearts & Halos. First revealed with the viral lead single “Drift,” (10 million streams on Spotify alone) the follow-up offering Home For Now landed the passionate creator a place on the shortlist of industry tastemakers from both hemispheres. His first US performances followed, and this year Benji is poised to enchant more fans than ever with his cashmere smooth voice and tender lyrics.
“Me and Max aka Golden Vessel had gotten together in Brisbane for our first session of writing a year later, back again to create the next EP. I feel like this song came as naturally and magically as some special ones did the last time around. It’s about how good and passionate a connection, a relationship can be between two people. Most of the things I sing about I have been lucky enough to feel or experience. It’s about losing yourself in the moment with this person. Out at night. Really letting yourself connect and feel everything, on a deeper level with the night, and the person, or the people around or with you.
“I do believe we all want real love, a special connection. It is out there. For all of us who have come across it and experienced it, I think we are so lucky. If you’re in something great, be grateful and appreciate having that special someone. Hold them a little tighter, be kind, kiss them like you mean it. For those who aren’t in something right now, it’s hoping to find it, something real, that touches us deeper. And it being special enough, from both sides, to last.” – Benji Lewis