Friday August 6th sees the release of ”Shelf Life: Unreleased Demos 91’ to ‘21 – Vol 1” which is a project by Simon Mills where he’s been digging through the vast archive of cassettes, DAT tapes and minidiscs to find old and unreleased things. It’s a digital release on Bandcamp, so go grab it!
More stuff from the boys: ”Up In The Air” gets a ”second edition” vinyl pressing in cornflower blue. Limited to 250 copies, released May 7th exclusively from Rough Trade so get it before it’s gone: https://www.roughtrade.com/gb/bent/up-in-the-air/lp-plus-x2-2
Selected remixes of ”Friends” will get a 12″ release in June, preorder soon available from Juno here: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/bent-friends-feat-ashley-beedle-crazy-p/812621-01/
Nail has a new project together with Asa Hudson called ”Champyun Clouds” which you should check out immediately. Their album is already out on Bandcamp, where you can stream it, buy it digitally and on limited different coloured vinyl: https://champyunclouds.bandcamp.com/album/champyun-clouds
There’s also the ”Daddy Dusty” EP which will be available soon from Juno right here: https://www.juno.co.uk/products/champyun-clouds-daddy-dusty/819853-01/
And on top of this, there’s even more Bent in the pipeline imminently…
If you missed it back in November, there were a bunch of remixes of ”Friends” which also is on Bandcamp, but a couple of them will also come out on vinyl later on.
Has it really been fourteen years? Yes! Also, no. ”From The Vaults: 1998-2006” came out in 2013 and ”Best of” in 2009, but the music on those were either previously released, or only new in the sense that it was so far unreleased and not newly composed. But yes! It’s been fourteen years since ”Intercept!” and finally Simon and Neil got back together to record brand new music for us. While ”Up In The Air” is apparantly an EP to preface an entire full length album, it’s still eight real tracks totalling 40 minutes which is more than some people’s albums these days. Not only that, they’re all worth your time.
On my first listen, the second track called ”Come on home” is the one that I like the most. Probably not in small part due to the wonderful and silly ending, I’m sure. But after a few listens, other tunes emerge clearer winners. The odd singing of ”Misty” create an original atmosphere, and ”Friends” is a perfect relatively-uptempo ending to the whole thing – a ”single” track which any other band would have fronted their record with. ”Eagle and Swan” is absolutely wonderful, while ”When you come by” and ”A girl like you” definitely echoes Simon’s recent solo output with the analog synths and big chords.
As usual, for manic fans like me there’s a list of samples to identify and the old, scratchy vinyls they’re on to purchase. And while my interest over time has given me questional material in my crates such as Captain & Tennille and David Essex, this time I’m gaining insight into great music by Tír na nÓg and Risa Potters.
”Up In The Air” is all we want from Bent, and sure – I could register a few minor complaints but I don’t really want to. Especially not with even more Bent on the way in the new year. Perhaps there’s not enough random injections of fun just for the hell of it? In any case, I love it, probably more than ”Intercept!” on the whole, and since I’m only on about my 20th listen so far I should get back to it. I can’t seem to get all these new tracks out of my head, and I’ve been listening to them for weeks.
Bent just posted information on their new record on Facebook, along with some artwork:
”BENT – ”UP IN THE AIR”
The new album, released November 2020.
8 brand new tracks, available as download, CD, standard double 12″ black vinyl and special limited Rough Trade exclusive crystal clear double 12″ vinyl.
We are so excited to announce this new release, it’s been a while – 14 years in fact – since our last album ”Intercept!”, so we’re super happy to be able to share this new music with you in November!
Details about how to pre-order the album will follow soon, but yeah, we couldn’t wait any longer to tell you..
More info coming soon, but for now.. YAY!
Love, as Always – M&N xx”
Has it really been fourteen years? Yes! Also, no. ”From The Vaults: 1998-2006” came out in 2013 and ”Best of” in 2009, but the music on those were either previously released, or only new in the sense that it was so far unreleased and not newly composed. But yes! It’s been fourteen years since ”Intercept!” and finally Simon and Neil got back together to record brand new music for us.
Since ”Intercept!”, Simon and Neil have been keeping busy with their own projects. Neil released a whole lot of deep house vinyls as ”Nail”, several sample-heavy albums as ”Goose Fair Island” and uncountable experimental electronics under an ever increasing number of pseudonyms. Simon upped the analogue flavour of Bent with two albums and about a million EPs as ”Napoleon” before changing the all too ubiquitous artist name to his own for the following records, and has been releasing house tunes in projects ”Pincer Movement” and ”Somethin’ Sanctified”.
One fun thing about listening to their separate output is that you kind of get the feeling of who-does-what in Bent. The most Bent-comparable output of Neil would be the Goose Fair Island stuff, which is sample heavy, more out there and more unpredictable. Simon on the other hand, as Napoleon, is more about classic analogue sounds and big chords. Bent then, always worked best with the two mashed together. I think many fans with me love Bent as much for the lush reverbs, great melodies and emotional songs as they do for the odd samples, unique twists and, you know.. being quirky.
The announcement of their new release is imminent, so keep track of their Facebook to know all about it.
First, after Neil dismantled the GFImusic Bandcamp site, parts of it has reappeared.
Here’s the Goose Fair Island bandcamp where you can get the two latest albums: http://goosefairisland.bandcamp.com/ and here is the GFI Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/goosefairisland
And here is the Flesh0 bandcamp, where you can get some of that experimental dark stuff: http://flesh0.bandcamp.com/ and here’s it’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/flesh0
Next, Simon is vowing to keep busy. His aim is to release an EP every month for this entire year! Keep track of him on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NapoleonUK and check out this preview from the first EP, a great tune called ”Nightfall”.
And in case you missed it, Simon also asked people for samples from which he created this tune: ”You Could <3 This”.
The wonderful second album from Napoleon aka Simon Mills is called ”Magpies” and is available for purchase in your favourite digital file format right now! Click the following link and make your life a whole lot better right now:
Napoleon aka Simon Mills gives us a preview of his second album ”Magpies”, released very soon! Here is a short version of ”Foolish Pride”.