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Synth Single Review: "Touch Me Inside" by Benjamin Russell & Rob Stuart

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Singer and lyricist Benjamin Russell & producer Rob Stuart’s Touch Me Inside explores our media-soaked world, starved of personal connection. Massively powerful percussion with intriguing ethnic elements opens the song with an angular drive and Benjamin Russell’s voice rings out as oscillating bass and throbbing drums propel the music. The vocals are expressive and strong, carrying a melody mingling energy and shadowy feeling as drums thunder and bass growls.

The song hits a segment in which the drums lighten and the vocals drift through with a soulful edge as nasal synth wriggles. Gigantic percussion drives on and an elevated synth writhes above it. Smoothly flowing notes with a dark edge rise as a spoken word part floats through. a Benjamin Russell’s voice arcs out carrying the melody with conviction over the low end propels the music. Evolving high synth vibrates over the unstoppable drums and bass as they push on and as the gleaming high notes unfurl, the song throbs to an end.

Our narrator opens by talking about the shadows that “flicker by the light of television” as a news anchor talks about being headed for a collision. He changes the channel “with the push of a button” which is all that has to be done to “blow us all to nothing.” The narrator says that they “try another shot” back at the station from a better angle so that “you can see what they got.” He points out that we can get nearly anything for the right price but asks how we can enjoy it “if we’re so uptight.”

Now the storyteller asks for his “baby” to give it to him straight and to “shake me, wake me” before time runs out. He asks that person to save him because he’s starting to slide away. He pleads “open up this heart of mine and touch me inside.” Our storyteller describes himself as “a lonely child of the video generation.” He says that he’s living in the future and has “no anticipation.”

The narrator points out that there are “ a million people living in my block” and everyone thinks they are special but “it’s just a lot of talk.” As he concludes in his spoken word part “ I feel like a droid in BladeRunner, a robot in Star Wars, Mr. Spock.”

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