Top Tracks: Bent Knee – Paper Earth

I’m rather stretching the definition of Top Tracks here, as ‘Paper Earth’ is longer than most EPs, but a piece of music this extraordinary couldn’t just be passed by without mention. Performed with the Boston Conservatory Percussion Ensemble, this half hour, 6-part epic about how our memories affect the present is every bit as inventive and otherworldly as you’d expect from ambitious art rockers Bent Knee. These Belwood favourites have really outdone themselves with this new project, rivalling Tubular Bells in both scope and execution with this classical inspired progressive masterclass. Displaying the full range of their talents, and bolstered by the unique percussion at work, this magnum opus of theirs just serves to secure their place in my mind as one of the most innovative and exciting bands out there at the moment. ‘Paper Earth’ is a singular experience, one that I can’t recommend enough.

Top Ten Albums of 2017

top ten albumsIt’s that time of year again where we look back on all the amazing music the past twelve months have given us and gather together the ten highest rated albums on the site in 2017. This has been the closest year yet for albums, and with some Belwood favourites like Algiers and Wolf Alice missing out on the top ten, it’s also been a year that has offered its fair share of surprises.  Continue reading

Top Ten Songs of 2017

top ten songsHope you all had a lovely Christmas! It’s that time of year again; as 2017 draws to a close we’ll be talking about Belwood’s highlights of the year gone by, starting with our favourite songs. It’s been no easy task to whittle it down to just ten tracks, there’s been a lot of outstanding music released this past year. With a healthy mix of acts both old and new, large and small, it’s our strongest list yet. Hopefully you can find a few hidden gems here that you missed first time around, or just jam along all over again!  Continue reading

Live Review: Bent Knee, The Bootleg Theater LA, 5th Aug 2017

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You wouldn’t think much of the Bootleg Theater in Los Angeles if you were to merely walk past. Sitting in a neglected neighborhood of the city, the Bootleg barely boasts a front: just a building, with one door, with red marquee letters reading “Bootleg”. Congregating outside the venue before being let in provided me with an opportunity to speak with fans and, as a new fan myself, get to know the band from admirers, friends, and family alike. The overwhelming recurring response that was shared was that this band was electric; an absolute delight to see live, and like no other band to be seen (or heard).  Continue reading

Interview: Bent Knee

bent knee interviewBoston’s Bent Knee have to be the most remarkable and unparalleled band to emerge this past decade. Their genre bending music defies all expectations and classifications like no other act I know, and their new record Land Animal takes their inventive art rock to new heights. Already set to be one of the finest albums of the year, I just had to talk to the band about their latest creation. I was lucky enough to chat to astonishing frontwoman Courtney Swain about the record:  Continue reading

2016 in Hindsight

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Original photo: Joe Mabel

There are many times I wish I could have some special sixth sense to detect when amazing music is released, that way I could catch all those albums that would otherwise slip past my radar. Granted it certainly wouldn’t be my first choice for a superpower, but it’s up there! To err is human and there are bound to be a few albums that we miss that are worthy of a mention. Here’s a quick round-up of some of the best music of 2016 that sadly slipped through the cracks and never found its way onto the site.  Continue reading