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BAND/AUTHOR:

BENT KNEE

(UNITED STATES)

TITLE:
YOU KNOW WHAT THEY MEAN
RELEASE DATE:
2019
LABEL:
INSIDEOUT MUSIC
GENRE:
PROGRESSIVE ROCK
"Without being a disappointment "You Know What They Mean" is a slight slowdown in the ascent we have been predicting so far, which is largely explainable by the new way of approaching the creative process."
NUNO777 - 19.11.2019 -
From the very beginning, Bent Knee had real potential and the albums that followed confirmed these impressions. Now affiliated with the InsideOutMusic label, which offers an exhibition of a different dimension than the one in which the Boston sextet was bathed until then, nothing seems to stop Bent Knee anymore. Making the period of high fertility theirs bear fruit, the sextet releases "You Know What They Mean" two years after the remarkable "Land Animal".

Bent Knee had a turbulent 2018 with the injury in June of their drummer who was unavailable for four months and the bus accident, without gravity, which carried the band between two dates of the November American tour. These experiences consolidated an already tightly knit collective, to the point that the Americans decided to modify their modus operandi by approaching the composition of "You Know What They Mean" all together in the studio from scratch and no longer to assemble scattered ideas from personal demos. To accompany this evolution of method, the group has chosen to simplify its writing, to focus on more direct song formats and to purify the sound. And the least we can say is that Bent Knee is working to make us feel all these changes. First of all with a deliberately raw sound with an over-saturated punk spirit that sometimes goes so far as to suggest that the amps have been misadjusted or that the drum mics are defective ('Bone Rage','lovemenot'). And if the listener has not yet understood that a new Bent Knee has hatched, more instinctive, more authentic, two passages of ambiences from a rehearsal session are there to clarify things, "Lansing" at the very beginning and "Lovell" in mid-album.

The idea is seductive and when the specifications are strictly respected it gives successful pieces like the alternative and direct "Cradle Of Rocks" with elaborate chorus melodies, the pop and solemn "Golden Hour" or the refined piano-vocal "Birdsong" with an emotional charge and whose natural production makes the proximity with the musicians palpable. True to his nature, Bent Knee mainly plays on the moods in the dark and Porcupinish "Garbage Shark" at the expense sometimes of the melody ("lovemenot" or "It Happens") and at the risk of falling into excessive reverberation for the voices of "Give Us The Gold" and "Hold Me In" or annoying noise in "Egg Replacer". And although it is less obvious in "You Know What They Mean", the Americans' ability to shape ascents still has its little effect in "Golden Hour", "Hold Me In" and "Catch Light", a kind of cross between Radiohead and Leprous. Courtney is the one who stands out the most from this new album and we will not be surprised. She has expanded her repertoire and while flirting with hysteria ('Egg Replacer'), and by mastering theatricality ('Bone Rage') she adds a more relaxed posture ('Birdsong','Golden Hour'). She is stunning in particular in the starting trio of "Bone Rage", "Give Us The Gold" and its moments of calm followed closely by "Hold Me In" with retro sounds of the 80s.

The inherent need to explore that has characterized Bent Knee since its inception has led it to a rather radical attempt with its usual wasteful lot when practicing an experimental and risk-taking style. On the one hand, content and formats are more affordable, and on the other hand, the choice of raw tones does not simplify the listening. It is difficult to say if Bent Knee is ahead of his time or if he let himself be trapped in the past by drawing inspiration from certain underground styles (punk and new wave in particular) of the 70-80 period. What remains certain is that Bent Knee continues to push and develop his music.

More informations on http://www.bentkneemusic.com/

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TRACK LISTING

01. Lansing
02. Bone Rage
03. Give Us The Gold
04. Hold Me In
05. Egg Replacer
06. Cradle Of Rocks
07. Lovell
08. lovemenot
09. Bird Song
10. Catch Light
11. Garbage Shark
12. Golden Hour
13. It Happens


LINEUP

Ben Levin: Guitares
Chris Baum: Violon
Courtney Swain: Chant / Claviers
Gavin Wallace-ailsworth: Batterie
Jessica Kion: Basse
Vince Welch: Claviers


TAGS:
80's, Electro, Experimental, New-Age, Psychedelic, Punk, Theatrical, Female voice
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