Bent Knee, the Boston-based sextet that Brooklyn Vegan called “a true powerhouse,” have released their new album, You Know What They Mean via InsideOutMusic.
To celebrate they have launched a video for the track ‘Catch Light’, watch it now here:
“On this album we wanted to do more with less,” explains Vince Welch (synth/guitar/production). “For ‘Catch Light’, we traded some of the more cerebral forms and rhythms we’ve used in the past for something more guttural. We’re really happy with how director Adam Peditto and producer Katie Dvorak (of The World Is A Beautiful Place & I’m No Longer Afraid To Die) captured this approach in the video as well.“
“We were in the best place that we’ve been in,” says singer and keyboard player Courtney Swain of the new album. “In terms of people and as a group, where I think we learned to pick our battles and just have fun writing this. So this album really portrays us as people, in addition to our music, a lot more than any of our other records. We’re a big group with a lot of different personalities and a lot of voices, but our music brings us together. On the past albums, you could hear the music, but you couldn’t really hear who we are.”
Watch the Ben Levin-created video for ‘Bone Rage’ here: https://youtu.be/8W1KaM_C7uA
Watch the video for ‘Hold Me In’, directed by Kelsey Hunter Ayres, here:
On ‘You Know What They Mean’, 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 expert performance that brilliantly fuses a vibrant selection of moods and dynamics.
‘You Know What They Mean’ is available as a Limited Edition CD Digipak, Gatefold LP + CD & as digital album, featuring the previously released single ‘Catch Light’ & artwork by Riki Nitabaru. Order now here: https://bent-knee.lnk.to/YouKnowWhatTheyMean
You can see the full track-listing below:
2. Bone Rage
3. Give Us The Gold
4. Hold Me In
5. Egg Replacer
6. Cradle Of Rocks
9. Bird Song
10. Catch Light
11. Garbage Shark
12. Golden Hour
13. It Happens
The band recently announced a North American tour for later this year alongside Thank You Scientist & The Tea Club, as well as an album launch show in Boston. Find the full list of shows here: https://www.bentkneemusic.com
Bent Knee formed in Boston in 2009 as a collaborative determined to push the boundaries of pop and rock, combining all their influences into a seamless, thrilling whole. The band has gone from strength to strength in recent years. Their last three albums, 2017’s Land Animal, 2016’s Say So and 2014’s Shiny Eyed Babies, were hailed as significant art-rock achievements, and the band continues to be garnished with praise for their live show, performing hundreds of concerts worldwide to date.
“Mind boggling… the grandest and subtlest ideas are on the table” – NPR
“The silo-smashing Bent Knee’s unique mix is equal parts ingenuity and deliciousness” – The Wall Street Journal
“Bent Knee breaks new stylistic and temperamental ground” – The Boston Globe