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Bent

Bent is a two-piece downtempo act from Nottingham, England consisting of Neil “Nail” Tolliday and Simon Mills. They gained critical acclaim from their debut album, Programmed to Love, in 2000.

The song “Invisible Pedestrian” of the album “Programmed to Love” was featured in an Absolut Vodka commercial that aired in 2003, and more famously, a U.S. Volkswagen bus commercial in the late 90’s. Also aired on TV advertisement was “Private Road” also from “Programmed to Love” in the “Bank of Carlsberg” clip in December 2001.

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Bent is a two-piece downtempo act from Nottingham, England consisting of Neil “Nail” Tolliday and Simon Mills. They gained critical acclaim from their debut album, Programmed to Love, in 2000.

The song “Invisible Pedestrian” of the album “Programmed to Love” was featured in an Absolut Vodka commercial that aired in 2003, and more famously, a U.S. Volkswagen bus commercial in the late 90’s. Also aired on TV advertisement was “Private Road” also from “Programmed to Love” in the “Bank of Carlsberg” clip in December 2001.

Programmed to Love was followed by “The Everlasting Blink” (2002), “Ariels” (2004) and recently with “Intercept!” in October of 2006. This album has seen the band move to a more disco-pop inspired soun.

Aah, the difficult, yet all important third album: the first could go either way, but having proven themselves the second was a test to show if the first wasn’t a fluke; but the third, well that’s a whole different story.

Thankfully for Bent, in Ariels they’ve nothing to worry about. Joining Programmed To Love and The Everlasting Blink on the coffee table is another worthy companion full of surprises and enriched by beautifully lush ‘n’ dreamy numbers, like the Carpenters-esque “Sunday 29th” sung by longstanding cohort Kathy Heath. Less overtly electronic than what’s gone before, here songs and acoustic instruments replace synths and samples, along with some quite captivating vocals.

This time out the Nottingham duo - Simon Mills and Nail Tolliday - have enlisted the services of a handful of accomplished singers to add a variety of contrasting layers to their productions. Notably Rachel Foster from the Weekend Players who adds her lush larynx to the distinctly Air-sounding first single, “Comin’ Back”; she also sounds uncannily like Enya on the ethereal “Sing Me”. Kosheen’s Sian Evans sounds equally at home on the seductively rich “I Can’t Believe It’s Over”; and X-press 2 and Cassius sessioner Steve Edwards offers a strong male lead on the slow burning toe-tapping optimistically upbeat “Silent Life”.

As a whole the chill beats and multi-layered musicianship work well together and certainly wouldn’t sound out of place on the Six Feet Under soundtrack; all of which conspire to make Bent one of the most happening bands in the living room. « hide


LPs
Intercept!
2006

Ariels
2004

The Everlasting Blink
2003

Downloaded For Love
2001

Programmed To Love
2000

3.5
1 Votes
EPs
Flavour Country
2004

Comin' Back
2004

Stay The Same
2003

Magic Love
2003

Go! Kommando
2002

Music For Barbecues
2000

Always
2000

EP2
2000

EP1
1999

4.5
1 Votes
Compilations
Best Of
2009

FabricLive.11
2003

2.5
1 Votes

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