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!
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”.
The Napoleon remix EP, as described in a blog post below, is now available for your entertainment on iTunes, so get clicking: iTunes
Out shortly is the Remixed EP, featuring four remixes of Napoleons tracks. Have a listen to the previews below, and why not subscribe to the Napoleon email news by following this link?