We review the new single from Ben Lazarus – Staying In

Everyone knows that good things come in small packages, especially Ben Lazarus. His new single ‘Staying In’ is tightly packed into two minutes and thirty-two seconds of acoustic rock joy.

Catchy sing-a-long vocals, a persuasive chord progression, and the odd bit of slide guitar is all Lazarus needs to produce a song that’ll get your head swaying. However, he’s pulled out all the stops to layer this track up. A wide and impressive display of instrumentation is on show, and Ben seems to value the musical backing so much that he’s released an instrumental to pair with the single.

Once again, this song is one that was born out of a musician being stuck inside over the last 18 months. It’s pretty clear in the lyrics that this is what Lazarus is addressing. ‘When the world was yet to stop, and I wasn’t scared to shop’ is pretty unsubtle. He might as well have said covid. 

Although it was obviously a time where musicians could focus on their songwriting, that never meant you had to write about the virus directly. At this point, I feel like a lot of us are probably tired of hearing it. It would be really cool to see Ben tackle different subjects in the future.

One element of the song that everyone should appreciate is the touching tribute to Lazarus’ brother. The LA singer-songwriter explained “This song features the drumming of my late little brother John, and playing over his tracks makes me feel closer to him.”. You have to smile at the sentiment.

Ben has shown off some of his musical skills in ‘Staying In’, and being signed to Napier records (founded by Academy award-winning filmmaker Andrew Napier) he won’t be disappearing anytime soon. It’ll be interesting to see what he does next.