Bent Knee: Combines a myriad of influence

Bent Knee - You Know What They Mean

Bent Knee is a band without frontiers, and they seamless combines a myriad of influences from across the rock, pop, minimalist, and avant-garde spectrums into a seamless, thrilling whole. Very innovative, the group bridges the gap between the experimental and the familiar, merging texture and style into music that’s moving, addictive, and unapologetically original.

The Boston band Bent Knee announce their fifth full-length studio album You Know What They Mean, out 11th October 2019 via InsideOutMusic and have also launched a brand new video for their latest single Hold Me In, directed by Kelsey Hunter Ayres,

The outfit’s myriad influences are distilled into a deeply moving art-form that defies categorization, merging texture and style into music that’s thrilling, addictive, and unapologetically original. Lead singer and keyboardist Courtney Swain’s soaring vocals again prove to be instantly arresting whereas guitarist Ben Levin, bassist Jessica Kion, drummer Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth, violinist Chris Baum and sound designer Vince Welch (who also mixed the album) shine with an very good performance that nicely fuses a vibrant selection of moods and dynamics.

Bone Rage, created by the bands guitarist Ben Levin.

Vince Welch comments of the track, «Bone Rage is a result of us trying to do something different. We wanted to make a more visceral, direct album than we have in the past, and Bone Rage, as much as anything else off this record, exemplifies this ethos».

Levin comments of the video: «Bone Rage is a song that makes concert halls shake and expectations collapse.  So it seemed fitting to make its video full of destruction and solid objects taking on unanticipated forms.  The visuals pull you through like you’re handcuffed to a firetruck, but I think you’ll be grateful for the workout when it’s over».

2019 not only brings the highly anticipated release of their fifth studio album, You Know What They Mean, but, having formed at Berklee College of Music in 2009, also marks a decade of consistently dizzying musical innovation from the remarkable Boston-based art-rock outfit, Bent Knee. However, in years to come, when the band’s six restlessly creative members contemplate their career and achievements, for reasons experienced in pursuit of their art it could be that 2018 will be viewed as a particularly pivotal and significant year.

It was during a truly character-building 2018 that the randomness of fate presented Bent Knee with two seismic events to greatly challenge their individual and collective emotional fortitude, consequently bringing their interpersonal dynamics into sharper focus than at any time in their history.


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Mitt hovedfokus er musikk som er basert på progressiv tenking. Jeg er på ingen måte ensporet innen musikksmak, i likhet med intensjonen bak prog. Sjangerbegrepet er egentlig temmelig uinteressant annet enn til å gi en pekepinn om hva slags musikk det er snakk om i en anmeldelse. Jeg søker god musikk for å utfordre meg som lytter. God musikk til å trigge mine musikalske smaksløker, og til å sette i gang mine refleksjoner. Da er sjansen stor for at jeg utvikler meg og lærer, noe som bør være drivstoff for et hvert menneske. Fordi det å lære og utvikle seg er noe som tilfører livet en nødvendig porsjon "krydder". Slikt krydderet finner man blant annet i musikk. Ikke overraskende mener jeg at progressiv musikk har den fineste "smaken". På den annen side kan musikk med eller uten progressive elementer være godt nok til hverdags. Til fest derimot holder bare rendyrket prog! Må jo også få med at jeg rimelig kritisk, og jeg mener at det lages mye prog som er i beste fall uinteressant, og faktisk mye som er pinlig dårlig. Heldigvis oppveies dette av ekstremt dyktige aktører som for eksempel: Flower Kings, Mostly Autumn og White Willow, for å nevne noen tilfeldig valgte.
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