Lookout, mama! It’s another edition of Track Marks, in which your Idolators examine the who-what-whens-why of the latest Internet MP3 sensation. Today’s entry:
Artist: Benjy Ferree
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Album: Leaving The Nest, due Nov. 7th
First online mention (according to searches on The Hype Machine and Elbo.ws): A March 2 post on S K A T T E R B R A I N
The Build-Up: After a months-long absence from the blogosphere, Ferree got a mention on Yeti Don’t Dance in August, followed by a nod on My Old Kentucky Blog.
The Dam-Break: Look for it to start any second now: Domino Records just started sending out MP3s of the tracks to bloggers yesterday, resulting in thumbs-up posts from I Rock Cleveland, Puddlegum, and, again, Yeti Don’t Dance.
Odds of Backlash: 10 to 1. It’s hard to diss someone whose name you can’t even pronounce.
Are They Worthy?: To be honest, Leaving The Nest sat at the bottom of our “Need to listen to” pile for a good month–mostly because we took one look at Ferree’s press photo and assumed he was another WGWP (White Guy WIth Problems). And while Nest has its share of should-be mopy moments, Ferree has a way of making even the most jaunty moments sound dark. That said, there is whistling. Consider yourself warned.
Benjy Ferree – In The Countryside [MP3, link expired]
Benjy Ferree – Private Honeymoon [MP3, link expired]
Benjy Ferree [MySpace]