Artist info

Genre

Dance, Electronic, Indie, Pop


Sounds like

The Japanese House, Hippo Campus, Mansionair


band members

Ben Rizio + Friends


Influences

The Japanese House, Hippo Campus, Madeon, The 1975, Jon Hopkins, Bon Iver


Bio

NEON PATTERN SUNDIAL is the semi-collaborative project of Melbourne songwriter and producer Ben Rizio. From high school alternative band Echo Mono to forays into experimental SoundCloud electronica, Ben has been quietly prolific, shaping the direction of NEON PATTERN SUNDIAL through a combination of collaboration, solo endeavours and experimentation.

Largely written independently by Ben, personal reflection and introspection are integral to his creative process, with the songs flourishing into a collaborative effort through the recording and production stages. While channeling past experiences, Ben is further inspired by the guitar-laden electronic pop of The Japanese House, the intricate eclecticism of Hippo Campus and the textural electronica of Jon Hopkins. With tracks beginning as lo-fi bedroom demos before blooming into lush, multi-layered productions, Ben’s distinctive pop sensibility is subverted through unconventional structures that drive the sonic direction into unexpected territory. Underscoring this are effortlessly bright melodies, allowing to drive the lyrical themes of his work, and a striking earnestness which permeates through the gliding sounds.

The release of the debut EP One Moment Never Meant A Thing marks a culmination of the last few years, honing in on his skills while experimenting with new sounds and textures. Broadly reaching beyond the confines of any single genre, the EP features the glistening and vibrant introduction ‘All In Your Stride’, the infectious psych-tinged sounds of ‘Wendouree’, the melancholic, restrained folk of ‘Hope You Try’, the glitchy electronica of ‘trpl (Interlude)’, and the expansive soundscapes of ‘Winter’. Contrasting sparkling energy with meditative ambiance, the project showcases Ben’s gifted ability to craft colourful and thoughtful alt-pop which is both transportive and introspective. Marking the first EP release in the planned Songs For Sunsets trilogy, One Moment Never Meant A Thing further establishes NEON PATTERN SUNDIAL amongst Australia’s next crop of rising artists.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

09 Dec 2020

Triple J
35

i really appreciated the careful and deliberate way you crafted this. it's lush and textural and uses space really nicely.

i really appreciated the careful and deliberate way you crafted this. it's lush and textural and uses space really nicely.

Review

Review by Tommy Faith Tommy Faith

09 Dec 2020

Triple J
35

The harmonies! The layers! We simply love this.

The harmonies! The layers! We simply love this.

Review

Review by Zan Rowe Zan Rowe

17 Nov 2020

Triple J
35

Some gorgeous, rich, and layered production on this one.

Some gorgeous, rich, and layered production on this one.