BENT | Up In The Air


up in the air

Label: 99:Wave
Cat No: 99WAVE003

Status: LANDED

ambient balearic double downtempo LP re-stocks


A1. Take 15
A2. Come On Home
B1. When You Come By
B2. Eagle & Swan
C1. A Girl LIke You
C2. Misty
D1. Remove All Clocks
D2. Friends



A warm welcome back to cheeky downtempo twosome Bent, who hear offer up their first studio set for 14 years. Up in the Air is full of neat reminders that what made them so popular first time round, namely a seductive, slinky, atmospheric, sample-heavy sound that tended towards the tongue-in-cheek and was more likely to draw influence from dodgy, radio-friendly 1980s soft-rock singles and vintage easy listening than obscure Balearic beats or austere electronica. There are of course a few differences - it's far more polished than their early works, and even more musically detailed - but for the most part this is vintage Bent. Given how miserable the world is right now, it's rather nice to listen to an album that prioritises cheeriness, quirkiness and musical colour above all else.