"Haven" shows off a great directness to Rock outfit The Benjamin Daniel's songwriting, signalled immediately by a tauning opening octave riff that draws you into its narrative. Guitarists Glenn and Josh take a lot of refreshing liberties in building on riff progressions throughout the song, while also showing restraint so as to not overshadow the vocals. The lyrics themselves can be pretty relatable, looking at a fractured relationship that has long soured from a lack of communication and compromise. It's also interesting to have the 2 vocalists Jill and Joben take on different characters in the song, although there doesn't feel like there was much development to Joben's perspective besides not being receptive to Jill's character's views. The mix is clear and audible, although I feel the overall volume of the track is quite low, and there are some spaces in the song that can sound fuller either through different guitar effects or by other means. This does not detract from the overall structure of the song, which really does flow well. All in all, it's a great first release that shows the potential of The Benjamin Daniels, and I hope they will build on their strengths to bring even more creative and catchy tracks to the genre.
This song is a very refreshing touch to Singapore's music scene. Haven has a very nostalgic vibe and I believe the lyrics can be related to most people whom has been in a very ambiguous relationship. Really interested in what else this band has to offer.
Haven begins with fizzly tune that immediately puts a tingle in your fingertips. The first vocalist launches into a melody that slowly builds into a riot. All this time she's accompanied by the rock fest produced by the drums and bass. You suddenly catch your heart thumping, and your head banging. The second vocalist surprises you by elevating the frenzy and mania. The smashing drums and grizzly bass would strike any punk rock lover deeply, effectively mimicking the rampage of a powerful heartbreak. The first vocalist then brings you back to the root of your melancholy, and you know the bass and drums mourns with you. Haven eventually ends with a surprise. The hysteria ends as quickly as it starts and you are left pensive and alone. The Benjamin Daniels were able to imitate the whirlwind of feelings of heartache in this 4 min track. You see that homage to punk rock traditions have been paid, but you can also hear the band's personality oozing out in its own way. This is a band to watch for sure
Overall, this is an amazing song. There is no part in it that fails to grab your attention and it is quite a refreshing addition to Singapore's music scene. Loved this and can't wait to hear more from the band.