Every band and collective in music has a story, some more interesting than others, but I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything quite like BenZel’s.
Meeting in early 2012 on an online ankle sock message board, 15 and 16 year old Umi Takahashi and Yoko Watanabe soon realised that they they had a lot in common: both being Japanese exchange students in New York City, they combined their knowledge and came together to begin to develop a hypoallergenic ankle sock.
Sock technology wasn’t their only common interest though, as they both soon found out they shared a love for 90s R&B and after failing numerous times to get the desired results with their sock venture, they decided to turn their efforts towards their second love in life, music, and thus BenZel was born.
Here is their first ever song, borrowing the vocal talents of one of the UK’s breakthrough stars of the year, Ms Jessie Ware, putting a progressive, much more intense twist on Brownston’s 1994 R&B hit “If You Love Me” and teamed up with Kate Moross’ psychedelic visuals, I think it’s fair to say that the end result is equally as remarkable as their story, which says a lot.
What do you think?