Beat Surrender favourites bentcousin who I’ve featured a number of times, and who got my vote for Blogsound 2015, will release their eponymous debut album via Team Love records on the 19th of February – I’ve being lucky enough to get my hands on a pre-release and have being enjoying their album for a few weeks now and though I had an idea what to expect from the band following a series of collaborations – released online, singles and their fantastic EP Dizzy the album has provided some lovely surprises and is a real joy to listen too.
Where Do I Belong Featuring Lord Gabe & Lo-Fye
The Brighton based band, fronted by twins Pat and Amelia, have put together an eclectic set of tunes for their debut long-player featuring a number of collaborations including Guiville, Alcatraz Electro, Kenwood, Lord Gabe and Lo-Fye, before closing the record with a track featuring punk legend and founding member of The Clash – Keith Levine. Together with their collaborators the twins take the listener on a joyous roller-coaster genre ride with elements of indie-pop, cute-core, neo-disco, rap, jangle-pop and new wave all featuring on a beautifully irreverent album that sees the band explore their musical influences without the need to conform to mainstream vogue. Highly recommended.
Brighton’s bentcousin follow up this summers’ Dizzy, with new single The Last One, which sees younger twin Pat take the lead vocal in a melancholy tale about office life. Described by the band as ‘Like The Office, without the funny bits’, the single will ring true to many as the office Christmas season fast approaches. The song also provides a sobering account of trite sentiment and Facebook.
New single from Brighton’s Bentcousin that follows their debut EP from last year Everybody’s Got One, the 7″ vinyl single is out on Team Love Records on July 1st, B side includes their collaboration with original Clash and PiL guitarist Keith Levene, which was featured on Beat Surrender last year.
Everybody’s Got One is the debut EP on Team Love Records from 22 year old twins, sister and brother Amelia and Pat Innit who were born a decade apart, Amelia just before midnight on December 31st ’89 and Pat a few minutes later in the 90’s, the six track EP is a wonderfully irresistible and idiosyncratic offering of indie-pop with the twins sharing out the vocal duties pretty evenly across the half-dozen songs, touted on the blogosphere and music press as one to watch for 2013 the band live up to their billing with a mouth watering introduction to their off-kilter retro-pop musings – highly recommended.