Track of the Week: Karl Benjamin - ‘Apricot Sky’

November 18, 2020

Karl Benjamin’s introspective debut ‘Apricot Sky’ flows with luxurious, melancholy tones and stunning visuals to match, marking him as a refreshing new voice in contemporary UK R&B. 

Drawing inspiration in his younger years from the zeal of his R&B and soul loving sister, Karl Benjamin embarked on his own journey to find his path in music and the exploration of his voice. Years on, his vulnerable songwriting style and distinct velvety vocals are a match made in heaven. ‘Apricot Sky’ sees the Brighton artist showcasing an impressive range, both bold and in places beautifully delicate all at once.

Benjamin explains, “To me, 'Apricot Sky' is the realisation that someone, or even something, around you can change your life almost completely. This is usually something you couldn’t have seen or experienced before.” The track reflects this message and its themes of uncovering a profound shift in a way that is personal and relatable.

Muted golden-orange tones lay down the aesthetic in the track’s dreamy video from directing duo Pip+Lib. In fact, the colour palette alone deserves five stars. There’s no denying a great deal of effort has been put into bringing these crisp visuals to life. Among heavy drapes from all sides, a dim strip of light softly illuminates Benjamin, confined to four walls as he moves and muses around the space, translating his vision perfectly. “This video to me represents a comfortable prison,” says Benjamin. “Trapped but free to feel. Contained but passionate. In control but also restricted.”

Naming artists such as Tierra Whack and Billie Eilish among a couple of his dream collabs, as well as citing heavier rap influences from the likes of Chance The Rapper and Smino, Benjamin blends his inspirations seamlessly within his music. ‘Apricot Sky’ is a shining example of that very technique done incredibly well. With the help of producers HYNLU and PRGRSHN, this is an artist whose ascent is only just beginning - watch this space.

‘Apricot Sky’ is out now on all digital streaming platforms.
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