Garrin Benfield was one of the musicians listed in the Advocate’s Top 10 Indie Artists of 2005.
Benfield is a singer-songwriter in every sense of the term — his music would definitely appeal to the Austin audience who love their guys-with-acoustic-guitars.
His sound is a bit more mellow than Dylan Rice, and his influences go a bit further back. The arm of John Lennon stretches far on his 2004 album, Where Joy Kills Sorrow.
"Don’t Panic" is something of an unrepresentative track from that album. Benfield’s songs have mostly sparse instrumentation, but this song goes all out. Even the break-down ending adds a bit of dischord to a mostly harmonious work.