Friday, February 3, 2012



My first exposure to avant-rock band Bent Knee took place at a local show just a few weeks ago. I didn't expect much out of the acts due to the small nature of the show (it was free due to a band dropping out last minute, after all), but one band pleasantly surprised me. Based out of Boston's Berklee College of Music, Bent Knee pulls together a considerably unique take on rock music. In addition to the nods they make to genres like trip hop and even classical music, the band also cites acts like Björk, Nine Inch Nails, and Radiohead among their influences. A friend of mine described their music as "what it would sound like if Portishead scored a Tim Burton film"; factor in the band's heavily experimental edge and that's not too far off. The band's Berklee background truly shows too, not only in their compositional chops, but in their fine-tuned technical ability as well. All of this is supported by a somewhat cinematic disposition that translates extremely well into their live show. Moments of tense lows and explosive climaxes are incorporated via a heavy sense of dynamic, which has room to make a particularly powerful impact in a live setting. Bottom line: if you have the chance to see this band live, do yourself the favor!

Below, you can hear the track "Little Specks of Calcium", and feel free to check out the band's Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, and official website.

Little Specks of Calcium by Bent Knee

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