Foovius Bar is the alter ego of musician-writer D.S. Benson (dsbenson.com). His work spans multiple genres, including progressive-tinged electronica, folk, pop rock, alt-country and humor. Although this makes his work rather hard to pin down, most of his music has a playful, hand-crafted quality despite the involvement of computers. His lyrics are frequently satirical and take on “unreliable narrator” personas.

One of his albums, The Fooviron Assembly, is all instrumental electronica, with a retro pop sampled sound mixed with a few electroacoustic instruments (acoustic treated guitars, rock guitars). Another, Neon Bus God, is a mixture of pop songs, often satirical, that spans alt-rock, odd pop, folk and even mocking takes on crossover country and bluegrass.

Way back when, a long time before you were born, boys and girls, D.S. Benson and his friends released a sketch comedy album on LP (a form which has since made a small comeback—the LP that is, not sketch comedy): The Secret Files, by Master Martian Broadcast Company. Perhaps one day he’ll remaster this long-lost album, which was inspired by Monty Python, The Firesign Theatre, and old-time radio mysteries and has been called “really fun,” “great, daddy” and “sophomoric.”

Benson has also recorded, painstakingly assembled—and so far, not released beyond family and friends—many audio travelogues documenting years of travel around the world: sounds, music, interviews and stories. These audio travelogues have a storytelling quality that is often lost with video.

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