Benjamin Russell’s newest album is a unique mix of pop and classical, electronic and acoustic, best described as Chamber Pop, SHIKASTA SUITE is a concept album created in tribute to Nobel prize winning author Doris Lessing’s 1979 science fiction novel, "Shikasta".
He's also an artist whose watercolour and gouache paintings have been exhibited and sold in art shows.
His songs are wide-ranging in style and hard to pin down with influences from folk to punk, from rock to jazz and classical. His muse has been like an elephant in the room. Touch the front left leg, it's a folk song, the trunk and it's a punk pop song, the right ear and it's avant electronic dance. What's a critic to do? Which bin do we file this in?
To make life easier for those more focused in their tastes, Russell has chosen to beam the laser of his creativity through a 3-faceted prism, releasing music under his own name, but also under his alter egos, RIVER OF STONE (acoustic), and GURU GROAN (electronic eccentric aggressive dance).