Part one of a four part series:
Bengalfuel is the work of Lou DiBenedetto and Joe LiTrenta, two friends who grew up together in New Jersey. Each has produced music separately for years; Lou as Dentist and Joe under the moniker Doc Deem. At the end of 2009, they created Bengalfuel: a collaborative project combining elements of both of their musical styles. Since, they have released 'Durban' on Polish netlabel Isolationism and an EP on Rural Colours called 'Feldspar.'
Bengalfuel draws its inspiration from surrounding ghosts and spiritual entities. The duo see their music as an offering, making peace with tormented souls. These explorations began in Joe’s former residence, a haunted house. A recent move brought him to a much bigger lake area, also once inhabited by Native Americans. There is a lot of work to be done there for Bengalfuel.
The recordings themselves can be described as beautiful ambient soundscapes constructed from several sources such as analog synthesizers, drum machines, and a vocoder amongst others. Sprague is the result of their first session and part one of a four-part series. The cover photo was taken early one morning with a 1976 Pentax camera.
Future plans include the release of the series’ remaining parts here on Hibernate, each with an accompanying video piece directed by Joe. Bengalfuel’s tracks will also be featured in a series of short films. They are currently at work on a new album.
Mastered by Wil Bolton
Photography by Joe LiTrenta
Special thanks to Tom & Aimee
hb 27 | hibernate recordings 2011
Video for "Concentrate"
Video for "Forest Ghost"