“Musically, “Armored Goosebump” ranges in style from soft acoustic guitar tracks (“Anime Christi,” “Perfect”) to piano ballads (“A Beautiful Day,” “Armored Goosebump”) and 80’s inspired synthwave (“Happy Days”). Throughout the record, Martijn van Dijk shifts expertly between instruments and genres, playing each with style and taste.
Benne’s voice floats calmly between spoken word poetry and a low, soft baritone. In both musical composition and vocal styling, the EP brings to mind much of Leonard Cohen’s work. Lyrically too, Benne’s deeply personal tales of love, loss and regret find a kindred spirit in Cohen. Though much of the writing here is translated from its original Dutch, it loses none of the author’s sharp wit and self-deprecating narratives. This is an honest, graphic and at times heartbreaking piece of work.”