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Song You Need to Know: Eddie Benjamin, ‘All For Nothing’

“All For Nothing” showcases Eddie Benjamin’s impressive vocal prowess against a melody reminiscent of the 1980s.

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Love and heartbreak are universal experiences, and they form the basis of Eddie Benjamin’s new track, “All For Nothing”.

The Australian-born multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer moved to the US in 2019, where he wrote and produced for artists such as Meghan Trainor, Shawn Mendes and Earth, Wind & Fire before opening for Justin Bieber across the Americas on the Justice World Tour.

Benjamin’s own acclaim came in 2022, though, when his single “Weatherman” was listed by TIME as one of “The Best Songs of 2022 So Far“.

Now, Benjamin shows off his dynamic vocal range accompanied by lush keys and psychedelic guitar solos reminiscent of an ’80s melody on “All For Nothing”, which offers “an unfiltered perspective on being deeply in love and experiencing your first heartbreak by being cheated on.”

The accompanying music video, directed by award-winning Rupert Hoeller, was shot in Vienna, Austria, befitting of Benjamin’s freakish musical talents.

The clip features all manner of surrealism, with multiple clones of Benjamin performing in a beautifully-appointed Viennese mansion, and culminates in a guitar solo reminiscent of Benjamin’s Stranger Things namesake Eddie Munson.

Benjamin is currently working on his debut solo album, to follow on from 2021’s EP, Emotional.

“All of the songs are pretty life-shifting experiences I’ve gone through, Benjamin says. “I wanted to tap into actual meaning within the art. This body of work represent the most monumental and meaningful moments for me, and I just had to get them out.”

Benjamin revealed the toll writing music had on him when he spoke with Rolling Stone last year.

“When I make an album, I’m the worst person to be friends with,” he said. “Honestly, I’m totally hyper-focused. Like it’s awful. I’m just going to be completely real… When I’m in ‘creation mode’ of writing my album, writing an album for me, I don’t know. I don’t want to be friends with you very much.”

Eddie Benjamin, “All For Nothing” is out now.