Bent Denim share new track ‘Chasing Catherine’ and announce forthcoming album ‘Town and Country’ out May 11th
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“It doesn’t get more real or honest than this.”
“…the sound of a technology-addled imagination anxiously drifting through that space between dreams and waking life.”
“As with all of the band’s finest work, the whole thing is haloed with a sonic sense of adventure that lends the track a glowing earnestness that feels wildly compelling.”
“Downtempo bedroom pop that’s gained apt comparisons to Sparklehorse and Youth Lagoon.”
Ben Littlejohn and Denis Sager, otherwise known as Bent Denim, make glitchy, lush, Americana and emo-flecked dream-indie for the defeated – the kind that envelopes you whole and talks to you like an old friend. Today they share ‘Chasing Catherine’, the first track from their forthcoming new album Town and Country.
Explaining the creation of the track, Littlejohn says “This song didn’t really come together until I dropped some drum samples from my grandmother’s organ into this song’s project. Hearing the drum sounds that I grew up listening to her play along with pushed this song forwards and ultimately gave me a pleasant feeling of nostalgia that helped me finish the instrumentation of this particular track.”
Biographical stories of lost love and longing, Town and Country is their most visceral and raw record to date. Out on 11th May, the album is a totally insular work, having been completely written, recorded and produced in the respective bedrooms of the duo. Its beauty lies in the fact that it is so plainly introspective and yet collaborative. “The recordings aren’t perfect in the ‘Nashville way’ that I’m surrounded by.” says vocalist Ben Littlejohn.
The duo work in layers upon layers of vintage instruments and obscure equipment collected from the flea markets, estate sales and junk shops that Ben spent his childhood visiting with his mother – an antique dealer.
Living in separate towns in separate states – Nashville and New Orleans – the pair are often compared to The Postal Service for both their parallels sonically and also the similarity of their song-writing methods; sending demoes back and forth via email and each working on their music individually. The NyQuil Pop band are also often spoken of in the same breath as their brothers in slow-core, Hovvdy (who are, coincidentally, their friends and collaborators outside of Bent Denim, with Ben having mastered the band’s critically acclaimed debut album ‘Taster’ and played bass on their most recent album ‘Cranberry’).