In the media
A selection from reviews of albums and live shows over the years.
"...a hushed, white-wall atmosphere perfect for lovers of Death Cab For Cutie or Red House Painters. But the comparison is not exact, as Moleta's songwriting seems more mature and less prone to pop affectations..." Rave Magazine
"...Moleta paints scene after detailed scene, piling on heady descriptions in a voice that's hushed, airy and pristinely delivered. Leading a five-piece setup with cameos from additional guests, he erases the line between story and song, recalling most often the intricate narratives of the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle." messandnoise.com
"Next up was Benedict Moleta who came out and gave a beautiful acoustic set filled with amazing slice-of-life songs and an incredible voice that even makes the goose bumps have goose bumps!" www.theaureview.com
"I think of Moleta as a hero, the way he continuously works with different musicians . . . to craft albums that are warm and genuine, moments that merge with your own memories." lifeisnoise.com
"Moleta has quite a unique style of delivering his lyrics – the vocals so clear, honest and unpretentious, it can make for quite an uplifting experience." The Drum Media
"Moleta's phenomenal voice has guided the way through a prolific catalogue filled with songs of satire, heartache and novelty, manifested in six critically acclaimed albums. The talented troubadour's latest offering Singleton comes less than a year after his 2011 volume White Marble Heyday . . . Over 12 songs, Moleta showcases his wild imagination, vast vocal range and incredible mastering of songwriting."
"...it is inspired recruitment of Miranda Pollard as the perfect foil for the equally gifted vocalist Moleta that steals the show. ... she would be well advised to continue her time with Moleta as the pair are now responsible for each other's musical high points X-Press magazine
"Moleta has been releasing records for the past eight years ... quietly building up one of the most impressive and unique discographies Perth has seen." The West Australian
"As always, his words and delivery are precisely measured, the performance feeling as much like a reading from a seasoned poet or novelist as a band-fronting songwriter." thevine.com.au
"Essentially an iconoclastic solo artist, Moleta was always going to be in danger of having his unique vision overrun by a bunch of enthusiastic rock 'n' rollers, but the instrumentation and arrangement here is pitch-perfect, taking the experience as a whole of seeing this show to places music rarely has the courage or the vision to go. Inpress Magazine
"Most of the time when I see Benedict Moleta it's only a brief glimpse of his impossibly skinny frame riding around Mt Lawley on top of a beat up, old mountain bike. That mountain bike is a pretty good metaphor for Benedict Moleta's music, it's not fancy but it's honest and it'll get you where you wanna go." thethousands.com.au