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”
Preview and pre-order the black vinyl version on Juno here!
Pre-order the crystal clear vinyl on Rough Trade here!
Pre-order the CD from Plastic Head here!
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.
Simon Mills / Napoleon on Bandcamp
Neil Tolliday / Goose Fair Island / etc on Bandcamp
Nail vinyls on Juno
Nail digital music on Juno
It’s been a while, eh? Well, Bent are recording a new album and we will hear new music later this year! No details available yet, but follow their social media pages to be the first to know!
Bent @ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bentworld/
Bent @ Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bent_UK
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”.
Dearest of friends, here are some news for you! First of all, I’ve updated the MP3 Clips page, and so you can now listen to 57 new clips, or grab a playlist of them all with a total running time of over 105 minutes! An update of the remix section on that page will follow.
Various tidbits have been added to parts of the discography as well, and I’m awaiting some records I’ve ordered to be able to add even more images. More on that later!
Simon has been busy with Pincer Movement, whose ”G.O.R.K. EP” is out soon. Samples below:
Nail isn’t resting either, with his own 12″ called ”Yonks” and participation on a 12″ from Fear Of Flying with his tune ”Glazed”. Grab them from Juno using these links:
Here’s a classic mashup from way back. Bents ”Always” and Whitney Houstons ”I Wanna Dance With Somebody”. I don’t know who did it, and I haven’t been able to find it in better quality. Do you know anything about this? Let me know!
More mashups from the old Bent forums comes from (defunct?) Radio Earwax: Act of Dogs ”Always The Sun” which mixes ”Always” with The Beloved’s ”The Sun Rising”, and Phil n’ Dogs ”Falling into the waters deep”, mashing up ”The Waters Deep” with Julee Cruises ”Falling”. Available in normal and beatless versions.
Here are two of my own terrible mashups: ”Sweet Chime O’ Mine” mixes ”Sunchime” (from the ”Comin’ Back” single) with Flatpacks cover of ”Sweet Child O’ Mine” with Katty Heath on vocals. Kind of meta. The second one is just a simple music + rap acapella: ”Invisible Pedestrian” with Roots Manuvas ”Witness (One Hope)”.
Do you know of any other Bent mashups? Let me know!
The Napoleon remix EP, as described in a blog post below, is now available for your entertainment on iTunes, so get clicking: iTunes