Ben Talmi’s most recent release My Art of Almost dwells in comfortable melodies yet visceral arrangements, hanging just below the surface of pop, and traveling downstream over tasteful strings. The lyrics anchor in balance of melancholy and raw emotion told through real stories of personal failure and hope. This album was written heavily within the rabbit hole of ProTools – where simple songs took on geometric forms to complete a sonic puzzle.
My Art of Almost rose from a desire to create something new that stands solo in an abandonment of rules with a goal purely defined by process. Talmi, who is the front man for orchestral pop band Art Decade has composed in a wide range of musical styles from impressionistic rock albums with Art Decade (2012’s Western Sunrise and a self-titled LP in 2014), to glitched out folk solo albums (2010's For The Dreamers), an EP’s worth of string quartets (2011’s The Constitution) as well as orchestral arrangements for national touring acts such as Manchester Orchestra, Wild Nothing, No Wyld, David Monks (Tokyo Police Club) and many more.
Talmi’s work has recently expanded into film and TV with the short film “Duke and The Buffalo” premiering at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. “Duke” has been picked up by A&E for a full television season with an original score by Talmi. In addition, he composed an 80 minute score for “Circus Electronica” which toured to 12 cities in the Fall of 2014. The score combined the sounds of classical samples with glitched-out analog synth sequences as well as live guitar work over a bed of IDM concepts. Talmi is based at Virtue and Vice Studio in Brooklyn.