He might only be edging on 18, but Benji Anstey certainly knows how to spin a tune and he’s plucking at some heartstrings too.
His second official release, “Direction” comes as a crooning, breezy ode to love bloomed in the heart of lockdown. A socially distant sort of love, founded over text messages and late night phone calls. You know the sort.
It’s an indie-rock earworm, to put it simply. A meandering vocal line that’s as catchy as it is irrefutably well-trodden, drums that snap a little too hard, and a languid guitar line all set the stage for a narrative that reads like a teen-diary. Don’t get me wrong though, we love a good teen-diary, especially when it’s delivered in as pretty an audial package as this.
There’s a video too: a DIY affair tracking Anstey in a lush garden, playing out the distant romance over an ancient Nokia phone he could only have pinched from his parent’s draw, or a Hospice shop.
“That evening when you called me, we talked away the night,” he croons. Then loops in pitching falsettos and a middling extended guitar riff to add flavour – and where the track might err on the basis of tracking on a little too long, it makes up for with enduring appeal.