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However, he dons the name Bênní for his solo project, which ditches guitars in favor of atmospheric synthesizers, recalling Vangelis and Moroder soundtracks as well as the otherworldly new age of Iasos. Bênní's first performance took place in New Orleans in April of 2016. He continued playing gigs, sharing the stage with the likes of Quintron & Miss Pussycat and Shannon & the Clams, and a cassette appeared by the end of the year. In 2017, after performing at SXSW and opening for Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Bênní's debut LP, I & II, was released by Goner Records. ~ Paul Simpson, Rovi