Rich Bennett

On Holiday

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Brooklyn gets caricatured as indie rock Mecca. Although planes, trains, and busses daily drop the next Strokes or Interpol would-be minted from Oshkosh, Tampa, Bennington, Berlin, Stockholm, Paris, and Osaka, it's a huge borough that's cheaper than Manhattan, so a range of genres is nurtured. Hence, Rich Bennett's music is truly that of a world citizen -- a cinematic one, as smooth bossa nova and Tropicalia beats, ambient keyboards, echoing piano, light acoustic, tiny town percussion, lulling male and female vocals, and spaghetti western flavors make him a "holiday" guide to great global movie sets of the mind. Even a desert alone on horseback would do for this. Very beautiful, very calming, very nice.