Harvard graduate Strath often reminisces of home, where he would play keys and sax from an early age in class bands. Ben (Strath) would often stick around after school to put beats together on the computers. Strath has since swapped home, Melbourne Australia, for Los Angeles, California.
Ben spent the first two years of his studies writing screenplays alongside his film course, as well as having joined the University comedy organisations. It wasn’t until his trip to Way Out West in Sweden that he decided to return to music after a particularly inspiring Frank Ocean set.
Now testing the boundaries of psychedelic pop, the influences of Strath’s homeland come to the surface with each hook and melody. Dead Of The Night follows Victoria, a more solemn ballad that saw out a busy 2019 packed with 6 singles.
“Dead Of The Night” is a cocktail of clever guitar lead lines and glorious soft synth hooks, with a nod to dark age MGMT as well as Daft Punk and Photek’s Tron remix. Strath’s latest work is more vague in it’s narrative than his back catalogue, usually nesting very human stories amongst Sci-Fi sounds, however this one tells a cryptic tale of zombie love. Though it may be tiresome to compare another Aussie hailing psychedelic pop act to the work of Kevin Parker, the phasey percussion sat over falsetto vocals and a choir of synths makes it a tough ask not to.
“Akin to a Tron-like adventure, Dead Of The Night grabs listeners and rushes them into a frenzied journey propelled by a grungy baseline. The searching melody coupled with pressing lyrics renders a need to search for a seatbelt, so long as it ensures the ride continues.”