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Six Crucial Questions for Benjamin Malkin, Solilians

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A band making “space drone dream” music?

Yup, you’re entering a musical zone that belongs all to Solilians, a group that blends ambient sounds with psychaedelica.

The latest album, Shin, which is dedicated to the memory of Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, is far-out, dreamy, and strangely touching.

Our favorites – the band’s two takes on the Jewish hymn “Hine Ma Tov.” The first, very airy and somber; the second, more scratchy and techno.

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SIX CRUCIAL QUESTIONS FOR BENJAMIN MALKIN, SOLILIANS

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NAME: Benjamin Malkin (above)

AGE (if you want to give it up): 5775

BAND: Solilians

POSITION: Keys, Electronics, Skeletons

HOMETOWN: Merrick, NY

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1. What is your earliest musical memory?

The Star Trek theme and “The Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie and Fleetwood Mac’s “Gypsy” in my Dad’s van and John Coltrane’s My Favorite Things on vinyl.

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2. What has been your most embarrassing musical moment?

When music stole all my clothes and forgot to give them back. Ever.

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3. What do you like and dislike about touring?

Vampires; and vampires.

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4. What is your favorite record store, anywhere in the world?

It was Kim’s Underground. Now it’s Stormy Records.

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5. Other than your own music, what is your favorite song or album of all-time? Why?

Windy & Carl’s “Ode to a Dog.” It’s just perfect.

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6. You wake up in a seedy Berlin hotel room with no recollection of the past 96 hours. Who is your first call?

My wife.  Lou Reed, a close second.

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Lead-In Image Courtesy of Solilians

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