ALBUM REVIEW: Bent Arcana – S/T | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Castle Face Records

Released: 21.08.20

 

 

 

 

 

As far as supergroups go, they don’t often come more experienced than Bent Arcana, with Thee Oh Sees John Dwyer leading the charge, and members of TV On The Radio, Sunwatchers and Feels also contributing to this epic record.

Opening with The Gate sets an exciting pace, coupled with a complete disregard for genre. This record fluidly traverses a multitude of sounds, with blasts of synths often complementing harsh saxophones. The driving riffs that underpin Misanthrope Gets Lunch contribute to a relentless pace, whereas Oblivion Sigil is a slow burner that morphs into groove-laden funk storm before the album closes on the jazz-infused Sprites, which provides one last blast of high-energy intensity on this phenomenal record.

 

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