Ben Forest is an artist from Ann Arbor Michigan. He is currently a student who is playing music in his spare time. He released Hope in the Machine which showcases who has some potential but still a long way to go before being competitive with popular artists in the underground or mainstream.
The recording could use a lot of improvement. The guitars are really low in the mix, his vocals are too high and raw, and I’m am not sure what was going on with the programmed drums.
He opens with “Raining In October” which is sort of an alternative soundtrack. He plays basic chords on a distorted guitar over some kind of beat. At one point he implements bells which overpower everything else in the mix.
Up next is a quirky, folk/punk song entitled “Corporate Blues.” The song revolves around a very basic theme that corporate jobs and he doesn’t want to wear a “suit and time.” He goes on to sing, “A corporate drone until the day you die.” The song gets noticeably off beat and at its best has some charm.
“Heroin” sounds like it is deflated with barely any energy while the title track contains orchestral synth, dissonant elements and a beat that sounds like a metronome. It’s arguably the highlight on the EP. He closes with “Then the Night Comes Crashing Down” which shows some inspired moments along the way.
Forest is going to need a lot of work if he wants to be a musician full-time. The production and delivery could use improvement. There are hints of potential here and there and I hope to hear him capitalize on those aspects.
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