LA-based singer/songwriter Alec Benjamin has come a long way since the days of promoting his music in parking lots of concert venues, having ended 2021 by playing sold-out shows across North America. The recent release of his third album, (Un)Commentary, adds to the already-impressive CV that he has developed over the past 4 years. He’s reached 4B+ global streams, 10M+ social media followers across his platforms, 70M+ in playlist reach, and 1B+ YouTube views on his channel. He will also return to the UK for live shows later this summer to make up for opportunities cut short by the COVID pandemic.
Throughout Un(Commentary), Alec showcases his songwriting prowess as he litters his messages with figurative language above the glistening atmospheres of pop production and summertime vibes. The album explores the rises and falls of what it feels like to get older – the relationships we build and lose along the way, having to come to terms with the past and being anxious about the future, and trying to find your place in a world that you don’t feel like you quite fit in, among other themes. Each track holds a deeper meaning that listeners must focus on the lyrics to pull out, creating a truly special listening experience that cuts through the mainstream pop waves to leave a lasting impression.
Alongside the album release was the release of “Speakers” and its accompanying music video. The track itself is a sentimental exploration of time passing between lovers, from the moment they met to a few decades later, and the question of what will be remembered in terms of shared moments. The soft-spoken vocals and delicate instrumentals craft a heart-warming soundscape that is underpinned by the clear love expressed in the lyrics. And to add the cherry on top of what is an already sweet song, the music video itself adds to the touching factor as it shows the same couple from early on in their relationship to dancing in the same spot a few decades later.