Boomkat Product Review:
Baltimore resident Benny Boeldt is a part of the same Wham City Arts Collective that includes fellow Carpark signees Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez and kindred spirit Dan Deacon. Boeldt's music is firmly rooted in the auditory iconography of videogames and the kind of 8 bit fantasy C64 soundtracks that certain members of the electronic music community (for argument's sake we'll call them 'nerds') have been fashioning for years, only recently brought to the mainstream's attention by Crystal Castles. No one could deny tht Boeldt has a way with melody, and on tracks like 'Battle Cat' he makes a decent case for this stuff getting played out on the dancefloor - he can really draw every ounce of firepower out of those dodgy pre-Megadrive sound sources. Whether or not you can really draw a full album's worth of material out of an instrumental 8-bit album nowadays entirely depends on how sympathetic you are to nostalgia-driven retro contrivances in general: if you've played Gauntlet recently or have ever purchased a Button Moon DVD for ironic purposes you'll be nuff into this.