Music: 2002-2023

All Benedict's music back to 2002 is listed on this page; eight albums and several shorter releases made with lots of collaborators over the years.

The titles link to Bandcamp where you can listen without subscription. Back catalogue is also available on Spotify and Apple Music

You can jump to the bottom of the page for a summary of the various releases. The media page has remarks from reviewers going back over the years.

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✰ 2023

Live 2023: 23-track album

Recorded live in concert at Shenton Park Community Centre, 13 May 2023.

Album available on:

The show was filmed; all 23 videos plus Tristan Fidler's opening speech are in this playlist, on the official video channel.


Songs in Five Languages

Nine intepretations of pop, classical and patriotic songs, from Strana Armonia d'Amore (by Italian baroque composer Giulio Caccini), to the Indonesian patriotic song Tanah Airku, to Françoise Hardy's 1960s French pop melancholia Tous les Garçons et les Filles.

Videos of these three songs from the album were made in the studio.

Other songs on the album include interpretations of Tomorrow (from the musical Annie), Der Lindenbaum (from Schubert's Die Winterreise), and When I Die (by Capital City).

Album available on:

Recorded by Kieran Kenderessy.

Released 2023.


Stand by Me

Duet with Miranda Pollard.

Benedict and Miranda first worked together in 2012, and Miranda sings throughout two albums: Singleton (2012) and The Magical World (2013).

A video of Stand by Me was made in the studio

Single available on:

Recorded by Kieran Kenderessy.

Released 2023.


✰ 2022

Passage of Time

Three-track release: Two new songs, plus a version of "My Favorite Things".

Benedict is joined by Julian Bolleter on piano.

Three-track realease available on:

Recorded by Julian Bolleter.
Engineered and mastered by Alan Smith.

Released 2022.


Ausgewählte Lieder: Schumann, Wolf, Mahler

"Wonderful! I especially liked Mein schöner Stern and Komm, o Tod, von Nacht umgeben, and Tief im Herzen trag' ich Pein."
- Christian Gerhaher

Twelve track album: Songs by German and Austrian composers (Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf and Gustav Mahler).

Recorded, engineered and mastered by Scott Simms

Thanks to Anja Schulz, Steve Bond and Alan Smith

Released 2022.

Videos for the songs Im wunderschönen Monat Mai and Die zwei blauen Augen von meinem Schatz were made by Scottie and CB.

Album available on:


✰ Also released in 2022:
Four recordings from the past

The following four recordings - three live and one studio - were newly mastered in 2022. They are now available on Bandcamp only.

Background and context are provided in each Bandcamp track, including information about the collaborators and the songs and albums they have played on with Benedict over the years.


Changing
Live in 2012 with Miranda Pollard at Guildford Grammar School chapel.
This song is on the album Singleton.

Another Hound
Live in 2012 with Miranda Pollard at Guildford Grammar School chapel.
This song is on the album Singleton.

(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
Recorded in the studio in 2006 with Sam Scherr and Jason Baroot.

Eugene
Live in 2006 with Jonathan Brain at Old Perth Boys School.
This song is on the album The Lines of Parallel Trees.


✰ 2015

The Gift of Friendship

Three-track single: Two new songs, plus a version of "Danny Boy".

Benedict is joined by Julian Bolleter on piano.

Three-track realease available on:

Recorded, engineered and mastered by Alan Smith.

Released 2015


✰ 2013

The Magical World

Twelve-track album.

"Beautiful harmonies, delicate piano and guitar work, and an unrehearsed feel."
- thedailyalbum.com

with:
Julian Bolleter: keyboards
Andrew Ewing: electric guitar and singing
Rosemary Halsmith: percussion
Miranda Pollard: singing

Album available on:

Recorded, engineered and mastered by Alan Smith.

Released 2013.

A video for the song Happy Girl was made by Andrew Ewing. It is one of two dog song videos made by Andrew, the other being for the song Another Hound, from 2012's Singleton


✰ 2012

Singleton

Twelve-track album.

"Over 12 songs, Moleta showcases his wild imagination, vast vocal range and incredible mastering of songwriting."
- X Press

with:
Bill Darby: electric guitar
Andrew Ewing: electric guitar, bass and singing
Miranda Pollard: singing
Scott Tomlinson: electric guitar

Album available on:

Recorded, engineered and mastered by Alan Smith.

Released 2012.

A video for the song Another Hound was made by Andrew Ewing. It is one of two dog song videos made by Andrew, the other being for the song Happy Girl, from 2013's The Magical World


✰ 2011

White Marble Heyday

Thirteen-track album.

"Moleta's wonderful turn of phrase is as observant and incisive as ever."
- The West Australian

with:
Jonathan Brain: electric, acoustic and nylon string guitars
Harry Kneen: bass
Daniel Marano: electric guitar
Sam Scherr: electric guitar and backing vocal
Lily Sumich: drums
Lorraine Sumich: keyboards and backing vocal

Album available on:

Recorded, engineered and mastered by Alan Smith.

Released 2011.


✰ 2010

Timesheet

Thirteen-track album.

"Moleta paints scene after detailed scene, piling on heady descriptions in a voice that's
hushed, airy and pristinely delivered."
- Mess and Noise

with:
Rosemary Halsmith: glockenspiel and keyboard
Harry Kneen: bass
Daniel Marano: field recordings
Sam Scherr: electric guitar
Cameron Sim: pedal steel guitar
Lily Sumich: drums
Lorraine Sumich: Hammond and keyboards

Album available on:

Recorded by Alan Smith, mastered by Scott Simms.

Two live videos from the album launch are on the video page - of the songs The Rushing Sound and Sheldon (from the 2007 album The Lines of Parallel Trees).

Released 2010.


✰ 2008

Continuous Talking

Nine-track album.

"... proves this WA artist isn't afraid of branching out into new and exciting areas of arrangement, adding more colour and texture to his wonderfully detailed drawings."
- Drum Media

with:
Jason Barfoot: drums
Jonathan Brain: nylon string and acoustic guitars
Rosemary Halsmith: glockenspiel
James Quinton: bass
Sam Scherr: electric guitar

Album available on:

Recorded by Alan Smith, additional mixing by Max Ducker, mastered by Scott Simms.

Two live videos from the album launch are on the video page - of the songs Inlet Manifold (from the 2007 album The Lines of Parallel Trees) and Radiant (from Continuous Talking).

Released 2008.


✰ 2007

The Lines of Parallel Trees

Eleven-track album.

"With a bundle of releases to his credit he is already a prolific enough character, but with
The Lines of Parallel Trees Moleta confirms without a doubt he is a rare and undervalued talent."
- X Press

with:
Jason Barfoot: drums
Jonathan Brain: piano
Rob Schifferli: electric guitar and bass

Recorded by Alan Smith and Kieren Kenderessy, mastered by Scott Simms.

Album available on:

Released 2007.


✰ 2006

White Paper: Old House

Seven-track album under the band name White Paper.

Songs have been likened to Go-Betweens, Crazy Horse and Buddy Holly.

with:
Andrew Higginson: bass
Rachell Pirnie: drums
Simon Sieradzki: electric guitar

Album available on:

Recorded and engineered by Simon Struthers
Mastered by Scott Simms

Released 2006.


✰ 2005

The Warm Sun Coming In

Nine-track solo album. Songs have been likened to Mark Hollis and Red House Painters.

Album available on:

Recorded by Simon Struthers
Mastered by Scott Simms

Released 2005.


✰ 2002

Scales

Five-track debut solo ep.

Songs have been likened to Art Garfunkel, Neil Halstead and Al Stewart.

Available on:

Recorded, engineered and mastered by Scott Simms

Released 2002.


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Summary of music since 2002:

Benedict released his first ep, called Scales, in 2002 (solo, five tracks).

This was followed by eight albums of solo and collaborative songs (released 2005 - 2013, as listed on this page above), and a three-track single in 2015 (The Gift of Friendship).

In 2022 Benedict released two new titles: Passage of Time (a three-track single), and Ausgewählte Lieder (an album interpreting 12 German classical songs by Schumann, Wolf and Mahler).

In 2023, while working on the songs for his ninth album, Benedict released a duet version of Stand by Me with long-term singing partner Miranda Pollard, and an album interpreting nine pop, classical and patriotic songs from the Italian baroque to Paris in the 1960s: Songs in Five Languages

In May 2023 Benedict and long-term collaborators played a show with material going back twenty years, recorded and released as the 23-track live album Live 2023.

23 videos accompanied the album, along with an introductory speech given at the show by Tristan Fidler

Benedict's ninth album of new songs will be released in 2024, with five new duet collaborations to be released before then. Three of these are songs written in French, sung with new singing partner Carole Katz. The two remaining are covers of pop hits, sung with Miranda Pollard and Matt Rudas (Tucker Bs/Deep Beep).

You can contact Benedict or join the email list via Bandcamp.

All music is on to Bandcamp where you can listen without subscription.

Back catalogue is also available on:

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Perth Music Interviews magazine: 2011

Painting: 2013-2017

Photography: 2012

Sewing: 2023

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