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Benji Cossa - Vault, Vol. 1

Benji Cossa
Vault Vol. 1

"knock out" [MP3]

1. ice skating
2. knock out
3. pressured performance
4. ukelele
5. love is like lightning
6. another man
7. four wheels
8. homesick
9. ferris wheel
10. big lights on the strip
11. affection
12. who took the rebel
13. you're melody
14. wind up, wind down
15. off my mind
16. warm-blooded doll
17. bonafide american dudes

Brooklynbased singer/songwriterBenji Cossa was cruising along far below the radar, surfacing for only a couple of selfreleased cassettes, 7" singles, and some comp appearances (including one of the better songs on Magic Marker's A House Full of Friends). Recording in your bedroom, lofi and proud, is so 1996, so it's not surprising that no one really picked up on him until now. Magic Marker's Vault, Vol. 1 mines Cossa's seemingly endless store of short, sharp, and melodic tunes and presents a charming and warm collection of songs Cossa recorded between 1995 and 2000 that will warm the hearts of sentimental lofi fanatics and lovers of intimate and sweet indie pop. Cossa records very simply, usually just voice and acoustic guitar, sometimes some keyboard or electric guitar. His voice is endearing and tuneful and his songs unfailingly hooky, so much so that you never wish the songs were more fully formed. Tunes like "Four Wheels," "Homesick," "Ferris Wheel," and "Who Took the Rebels?" sound perfect just the way they are, simple and heartfelt. Hearing the record makes you a bit sad that you hadn't heard him before, but mostly there is the joy of discovery and the hope that more is on the way (the "volume one" part of the title would make it appear likely anyway). Cossa is a smallscale indie pop treasure; thanks are due to Magic Marker for unearthing him.
- Tim Sendra,

Various Artists
a house full of friends

[track list]

2 CD $12.00

A House Full of Friends

CD | LP | 7" | Compilations

all girl summer fun band
benji cossa
boy crazy
dear nora
fred thomas
free loan investments
galactic heroes
hello seahorse!
kissing book
plastic mastery
the bartlebees
the bats
the best friends group
the bridal shop
the faintest ideas
the gazetteers
the manhattan love suicides
the owls
vehicle flips
wake the president
walker kong

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