Bent Knee - Shiny Eyed Babies

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Bent Knee are interesting, very good and unique art-rock sextet from New England who have suddenly come across my radar. This is their second and latest album and it's really good; my god these guys & girls can play!

What is the state of art-rock in 2015? If it is these guys, then there is a lot of hope for the genre.

Courtney Swain - vocals & keyboards
Ben Levin - guitar
Chris Baum - violin
Jessica Kion - bass & vocals
Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth - drums
Vince Welch - synth & sound design

"Bent Knee is a genre-defying art-rock collective from Boston. Fiercely innovative, the band bridges the gap between the experimental and the familiar, merging texture and style into music that’s moving, addictive, and unapologetically original. Drawing from an expansive sonic palette edged by the touchstones of heavy psych, baroque pop, and avant-jazz, the ensemble crafts compositions where melodies swell and collapse, only to coalesce unexpectedly into anthemic crescendo. Described as “grand, serene, and progressive” (The Needle Drop), the sound is new and the scope is vast, yet, infused with thrilling immediacy, the music cuts straight to the soul.

Formed in 2009 at the prestigious Berklee College of Music, the band was brought together by a shared love of artistic evolution and progression, sculpting their sound through a writing practice based on unanimity. This collaborative creative process among such a wide range of backgrounds and influences has resulted in “a totally unique, mind-blowing, and genre-defiant sound” (Atlas and The Anchor), conjuring music that “demands attention... you’d have to be brain-dead to ignore it” (Music Related Junk). Their latest studio release, ‘Shiny Eyed Babies’, has been embraced by fans and critics alike, collecting "Album of the Year" accolades from numerous publications. Called “a magnificent work of art” (Seattle Passive Aggressive), “flawless” (Allston Pudding), and “the most meticulously designed and inventive music of the year” (Chickenham Music), the album is “defining modern music” (No Ripcord), pushing the boundaries of the genre with grace and veracity.

Distilling the musical lives of six virtuosic obsessive down into something bracingly new, the ensemble’s work is both raw and cerebral; innovation that remains within reach. Their sonic world is “from another dimension... absorbing and absolutely incomprehensible” (The Bay Bridged) and can be enjoyed simply floating on the surface, certainly, but those willing to plunge down into the depths will find revealed the hidden secrets that dwell beneath and touch the spark of creativity. Combining immense depth and musicality with enthralling melody and grand arrangement, Bent Knee is high art for the masses."

Here's a pretty extraordinary video of them doing one of the songs off of the album live.


  • LabelBent Knee
  • UPC888174893129
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