Bent Knee – Land Animal

Reviewers often use the word “depth” to describe releases they enjoy but the spatial metaphor is all wrong; a good album is not a single-vector experience, not (necessarily) a dive into unfathomable lows. Instead, great albums are often characterized by music which encompasses the listener. This allows such albums to suck their subject in, surrounding them with a vibe, a concept, a sound, an idea. In Bent Knee’s case it’s kinda-sorta all of the above, distilled through a personal perspective on life rather than a more solid theme or concept. Land Animal continues their tradition of tight grooves, impressive and dominating vocal performances, shrill violins, and hectic guitars all fed through an indie rock formula charged with just enough experimentation to keep things interesting. Like the other high points of their by now prolific career, Land Animal is an exercise in controlled chaos, in an all-encompassing vibe that simply screams Bent Knee.

What Heavy Blog Is Really Listening To – 6/9/17

For those who missed our last installment, We post biweekly updates covering what the staff at Heavy Blog have been spinning. Given the amount of time we spend on the site telling you about music that does not fall neatly into the confines of conventional “metal,” it should come as no surprise that many of us on staff have pretty eclectic tastes that range far outside of metal and heavy things. We can’t post about all of them at length here, but we can at least let you know what we’re actually listening to. For those that would like to participate as well (and please do) can drop a 3X3 in the comments, which can be made with tapmusic.net through your last.fm account, or create it manually with topsters.net. Also, consider these posts open threads to talk about pretty much anything music-related. We love hearing all of your thoughts on this stuff and love being able to nerd out along with all of you.