After humble lo-fi beginnings in the Australian art-pop underground, Donny Benét has expanded his cult-like following across the globe with a resonant array of danceable repertoire dealing with love and affection. His next album marks a new chapter informed by a wealth of musical and personal development. Enter Mr Experience, the new album from Donny Benét released Friday 22nd May via Dot Dash Recordings / Remote Control Records.
To celebrate Mr Experience, Donny Benét will play a run of shows in UK & Europe throughout May and will return home to Australia in June. The east coast run of shows will begin at The Zoo in Brisbane on Friday 12th June, Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory on Saturday 13th June and finish up Friday 19th June at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel.
Sincerity has been a key component of Donny Benét’s output since the beginning. His songs deal with genuine emotion served on a kitsch platter. An alter-ego manifested at the beginning of the 2010s, Donny has blurred the lines of artifice to create a back catalogue that can embrace and challenge – often simultaneously – the notion of irony in art. Mr Experience moves further away from ironic notions as Donny explores lyrical and musical themes which embody observations of maturation in his audience, his tight-knit musical community, and himself. While ‘mature’ is a term that often rings hollow as an album descriptor, the term couldn’t be more apt for Mr Experience.
To push himself musically, Donny envisioned a soundtrack to a dinner party set in the late 1980s. While his earlier recordings drew inspiration from DIY pop conspirators such as Ariel Pink and John Maus, Donny channelled the stylings of Bryan Ferry and Hiroshi Yoshimura as the impetus for new material, evident on the intimacy found on current single ‘Girl Of My Dreams’ and its lush production (with a soothing whistle-along chorus for good measure).
Mr Experience will be available digitally and released on classic black vinyl as well as a special ‘fruit punch’ coloured vinyl available exclusively via independent retailers. UK and European distribution via Proper Music Group.
Pre-order and pre-save Mr Experience via https://donnybenet.lnk.to/
Donny Benét – Mr Experience Album Tour
Friday 22 May – Nouveau Monde – Fribourg, CH
Saturday 23 May – Villette Sonique – Paris, FR
Sunday 24 May – Botanique – Brussels, BE
Tuesday 26 May – The Dome – London, UK
Wednesday 27 May – Paradiso Noord – Amsterdam, NL
Thursday 28 May – Loppen – Copenhagen, DK
Friday 29 May – Lido – Berlin, DE
Saturday 30 May – Futurum – Prague, CZ
Sunday 31 May – Moers Festival, Moers DE
Friday 12 June – The Zoo – Brisbane
Saturday 13 June – Oxford Art Factory – Sydney
Friday 19 June – Corner Hotel – Melbourne
Friday 21 August – Pstereo – Trondheim, NO
Saturday 22 August – Parken Festivalen – Bodo, NO
Tickets via donnybenet.com