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Multi-instrumentalist and filmmaker, Benjamin Finger was educated at Oslo Photo Art School before he started to study fiction film to become a director at the Film and TV Academy (NISS) in Oslo. Since then he has done several short films, music videos and participated at various photo exhibitions, besides working for television, NRK. He is now a freelancer (director/photographer) and have by accident been composing music WITH A HEALTHY DISREGARD FOR GENRES. His debut album "Woods of broccoli" was released on How Is Annie Records. The follow up "For you, sleepsleeper was released in 2010. The third album "Listen to my nerves hum" was released on Time Released Sound (US) in 2013. (Vinyl and cd-edition). 2014 sees the light of a new album called "The Bet" and will be out on Watery Starve (US) on vinyl (incl. digital download code) in june.
Besides his solo projects he also makes up one half of the electronica duo Beneva vs. Clark Nova.

"For You, Sleepsleeper possesses an amophous fluidity that's like the flickering flow of dream content" - Textura

"We rejoice in an album that begs to be played again as soon as it is over, and we yearn to enjoy it every single time we play it" - The Silent Ballet

"Benjamin Finger’s soundscape is unexpected and wide, also in the Kim Hiorthøy kind of way; intense and weird but the same time cinematically beautiful; almost like watching the starry night sky on the influence of acid" - No Fear Of Pop

"I feel somewhat stupid and helpless trying to describe this album, but it is essentially like having an extremely beautiful, bittersweet dream" - Foxy Digitalis

"But for as many sounds as Finger incorporates, there’s nary a moment that overstimulates" - Fracture Compound

"A must-hear, must-buy album if you didn’t already reach that conclusion! - Soundscaping

"For You, Sleepsleeper leaves the listener charmed by and addicted to its hesitance and fragility" - ATTN:Magazine

"The core of the album lies in the ambient electronic realm, and the tracks shift from trembling energy to warm tenderness through layers of organic instrumentation and field recordings" - Satellite for Entropy

Interview by The 405:
http://thefourohfive.com/news/article/introducing-137-benjamin-finger-interview

Interview by Indie for Bunnies:
http://www.indieforbunnies.com/2010/10/21/intervista-con-benjamin-finger/

Interview by Plastelin:
http://www.plastelin.com/content/view/864/107/

Musikk fra Norge:

Benjamin Finger i solo utgave (er også ene halvdelen av duoen Beneva vs. Clark Nova) er ute med nytt album den 15 september i år, på How Is Annie Records. Det nye albumet har fått tittelen "For You, Sleppsleeper" og er utstyrt med 11 flunkende nye lydlandskaper.

For de som ikke kjenner til Finger så er han utdannet ved Oslo Fotokunstskole, studert filmvitenskap mellomfag ved HIL og fiksjonsregi ved NISS. Han har regissert en rekke kortfilmer og musikkvideoer og har bla. deltatt på den årlige Vårutstillingen for fotografer på Fotogalleriet. Finger ga i fjor ut sitt debutalbum "Woods of Broccoli" som stort sett fikk positiv omtale til tross for at albumet både var innadvent og tidvis intens slik at man måtte være i modus for å få utbytte av det. I år leverer finger et mer lystig og "åpent" album som tidvis kan brukes på diskotek for de som krever noe nytt å danse til, men de fleste låtene er soundtracks til kortfilmer som burde lages. Surrealistiske lydlandskaper som kanskje er avant-garde pop eller rett og slett friform pop. Det er slettes ikke så sært som det høres ut som, dette er faktisk svært så lyttervennlig.

Låtene er stort sett bygd opp rundt synth/piano temaer som så blir belagt med alt fra trafikklyder og vakre klanger til glitch og heftige beats. En låt som "Drowned in Elbows" kunne ha vært en Prodigy låt, men er det definitivt ikke, likeledes kan man spore inspirasjon fra så fjerne inspirasjonskilder som Balisk tempelmusikk til Supersilent, fra techno til frijazz. Her er klipp og lim i beste collagestil en rød tråd igjennom albumet, men i motsetting til mange andre røde tråder er denne av den sorten som leder an til nye oppdagelser. Man vet aldri hva som møter rundt neste tone og det gjør albumet svært så forførende og tiltalende.

"For You, Sleepsleeper" er et sjeldent overflodsalbum av ideer, utfall og kreativitet som man skulle hatt flere av i Norsk musikk. Det er slike album som virkelig får fram ønsket om å høre mer og flere ganger, noe som dessverre ikke er en selvfølgelighet. I strømmen av likegyldig pop og rock er Benjamin Finger mannen som burde vært holdt fram som et forbilde innen norsk pop. Ikke siden Anja Garbarek ga ut "Balloon Mood" har norsk pop produsert et mer spennende album.

Textura on "For You, Sleepsleeper" Review:
Frank Benjamin Finger's follow-up to last year's solo debut Woods of Broccoli, is as hyperactive and kaleidoscopic as Sombunall and Dramadadatic, the albums issued by his other band Beneva vs. Clark Nova. Though the new album's title suggests that it's been conceived with a dozing infant in mind, the music hardly suggests a consciousness settled by sleep but more one caught within the turbulent swirl of dreamstates. That dichotomy is already evident in the opening track, “Infants Blue Gestures,” when serenading piano plinks and swirls of synthesizer washes share space with hyperactive breakbeats that constantly threaten to intrude. When a quasi-“Firestarter”-styled beat suddenly joins a slow trumpet figure (and subsequently Are Watle's saxophone wail) during “Drowned in Elbows,” you'll think you've somehow landed in the middle of a Ben Neill album, and though “Chunks of Plaster” brings the volume level down a notch or two, the activity level remains high even when the sounds are gentler and more soothing—for the first three minutes at least, as beats thereafter elevate the intensity level to one matching the rest of the album.
Admittedly, there are moments of relative quietude: the title track offers a beatless weave of gentle glockenspiel and piano melodies, all of it awash in synthetic swirls, and “Umbrella On Your Smile” caps the album with a pretty, lullaby-styled epilogue. Nevertheless, “Hopscotch Eyestitch” distills the album's character into a simple song title, as For You, Sleepsleeper's mercurial pieces change shape from one moment to the next; it's the kind of project, in other words, where it's not uncommon for beats to change from charging drum'n'bass to downtempo hip-hop in the blink of an eye (“Obscene Meconium”). In the case of “Hopscotch Eyestitch,” long trailing tones, pulsating synth patterns, and a driving techno groove are juxtaposed in a way that makes it sound like they're separate elements sandwiched together. As a result, the album is less experienced as having individual tracks with distinct identities than as an overloaded, forty-three minute stream of sparkling collagistic design. A sensorial and at times madcap cornucopia of beats, vocal effects, electro-acoustic sounds, and field recordings, For You, Sleepsleeper possesses an amophous fluidity that's like the flickering flow of dream content. Don't be surprised if your head's spinning by the time the last tune plays.

Benjamin Finger Benjamin Finger, Oslo, Norway

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