”Up in the air” announcement!

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.

Dear all,
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!

Catching up!

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

MP3s, GORK and Yonks.

Bent-BestOf-Japan-DiscDearest 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:
http://www.juno.co.uk/products/nail-yonks/500660-01/
http://www.juno.co.uk/products/497195-01.htm/?ref=label_fearofflying

Mashups

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!

Sample source: Katie Lee – Will To Fail

I’m working hard (*giggle*) at finishing all these MP3 clips which needs to be added – over 80 of them! – and while you wait, why not have a listen to a song which was used in the intro of Bents ”Cylons In Love”? I don’t know why not. Fun fact: The first editions of ”Programmed To Love” had ”Cylons In Love” played faster.

Some Vaults music info

Here’s some info on some of the tunes on the From The Vaults release. It was taken from places like Simon Mills old Tumblr page, and various other places such as directly from the boys themselves. Regarding tunes like these, Simon says:

We actually have a ton of material. My vault says I have about 300 Bent tracks in it, running up to a day in solid listening time. Some of it is extremely daft, some we would regard as pretty bad. There’s early versions of tracks, instrumentals, sketches, remixes that were never accepted/finished and more… but collectively, it really gives a massive indication of where Nail and I were coming from, and on that basis alone we thought it would be great for people to hear even more from our little universe; we thought it was about time that we let listeners into our laundry basket to have a good rummage to hear the full true Bent!

18/30 Holiday was the second Bent track ever, made in 1998. Which was the first? I don’t know.

Did Your Heart Break?, with Zoë Johnston singing, is a tune that I got to hear back in 2003, I think, and has been one of my absolute Bent favourites since. I’m so happy that I can share this tune with you all – ten years later!

Sweet Dreams was made for The Everlasting Blink, but was not chosen to go on it in the end.

Your Secret Lie features the singing of Katty Heath, and was recorded before The Everlasting Blink was made.

Racing Car is another tune I heard ten years ago, and where does that vocal come from? Here.

Translator features the vocals of Simon Lord, and was recorded for Intercept! but was left out. It’s a shame, because I think it’s my favourite Lord song.

Blank was written in 1998.

My Daughter the Asteroid, well… here’s Simons words: ”This one harks back to us trying to complete our “difficult second album”, and although in some ways it has all the generic calling cards of a chill out tune – something we never purposefully aimed at creating – it does have a very cheery vibe that reflected our states of mind at that point… new babies, new albums, new synthesizers… And you’ll even hear us messing around at the end, since we went through a phase of recording us pissing around in the room while we were recording… happy days…”

Doo Doo, says Simon, ”for me it sums up Bent massively… well at least the daft-sampling side of us”. The ”doo doo” sample would later also appear in their remix of Morcheeba’s ”World Looking In”.

Pipe Cleaners is another one I heard a long time ago, and has been found online sometimes bearing the name Gameshow.

We Watch the Stars features Jon Marsh, who also sang on Beautiful Otherness.

Broken features the vocals of one Cathy Davey, whose own music also is great by the way. I’m particularly fond of her tune ”Sing for your supper”. Check her out at cathydavey.ie! This song was recorded to go on Intercept! but, Simon says, ”we wanted the overall BPM of the album to be a bit higher….so it came off”. It was also meant for an EP supposedly called ”AHRR funk”. There was a contest on the Bent site to win this EP, but it never actually was made. You could hear this tune on their MySpace page for a while though, as well as later on Simons Tumblr site.

The Joy of Bowling is apparently dedicated to Simons bowling ball Susan.

British Summertime is from ”about 2000”, and at about 3:10 you find a whistled melody which would later also appear in their remix of Matthew Jay’s ”Please don’t send me away”.

More later….!