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Combining the eclecticism of Beck, the pop-based experimentation of the Flaming Lips, and the bushy facial hair of Rip Van Winkle, Benji Hughes is an eccentric singer/songwriter hailing from Charlotte, NC. A former housepainter, Hughes joined the roster of New West Records during the mid-2000s, having wooed president Cameron Strang with his diverse songcraft and ability to handle multiple instruments. Hughes then decamped to Silverlake, CA, where he crafted his debut album alongside producer Keefus Ciancia and songwriter Gus Seyffert. Priscilla Ahn, a fellow L.A.-based songwriter, performed one of Hughes' songs on her debut album in June 2008; one month later, Hughes made his own debut with the two-disc A Love Extreme.