Between the Blue and the Green

by Benji Cossa

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"Between the Blue and the Green" is part of the proof that great albums are alive in a time when the album is supposed to be dying. Benji Cossa’s songs and his singing impart a wonderment and wide-eyed joi de vivre that many artists miss entirely or are too guarded to express. The result is 40 minutes of prolonged joy that stands up to repeat listens and holds together like classic stuff tends to, each tune strong on its own but married to and bolstered by the others around it. His songs weave together into something almost cinematic, but in a grainy, honest, homespun sort of a way.

Stylistically Benji spins a mélange birthed from outsider-folk, classic AM pop, lo-fi indie rock, and roots music. Each tune is a treasure trove of lush instrumentation. Banjos, accordions, glockenspiels, synths and organs play beside a spare rhythm section and Cossa’s otherworldly singing. This record is a wonder of DIY recording and was captured at various home sessions Benji undertook with his close pals Josh Kaufman (Higgins, Rocketship Park, Balthrop, Alabama), Devin Flynn (Pixeltan), and John Walsh.

Benji has been writing and recording music since the mid-90s, issuing various 7 inches, tapes, and CDs on his own and on small labels such as Kreb Star (created in the 90s by Eric and Bjorn Copeland of the Black Dice) and Magic Marker Records, the label that issued the archival Songs From the Vault: Vol 1 in 2005. He records and performs on his own as well as with several backing bands including members of the Black Dice, Pixeltan, Higgins and Cheeseburger.

Serious Business is happy to release Benji’s first proper album of all new songs in nearly 15 years of writing, performing, and home recording. We’re looking forward to issuing many more.

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released June 19, 2007

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