Ah, London. He who is tired of London is tired of life and all that malarky. I’m just looking forward to having nothing to do* for a few weeks and doing it in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities.
I adore Bent. They have developed from being amusing kinda gimmicky, frenetic Lemon Jelly sample-heavy kinda thing on Programmed To Love to becoming rather mellower ‘leftfield electronica’ with country music samples on The Everlasting Blink to ultimately ditching the samples and going for fantastically rounded but atmospheric intelligent pop on Ariels.
All the while they’ve been coming up with beautiful, respectful remixes for others. Check out their remix of Speak Low by Billie Holliday or Winter Wonderland by Bing Crosby. Both are reverential, ornate, glistening and thrilling.
So, here they are remixing some obscure Dolly Parton album track from 1971. In contrast to the trailer trash facade that she happily cultivates (she understands the value of being a cartoon in order to reach the public consciousness), Parton is an understated songwriter first, a beautiful vocalist second. She wrote ‘I Will Always Love You‘, and in her mouth the track is a fragile thing, a million miles away from the overwrought bluster of Whitney Houston‘s version.
Delicious melody, fragile vocals, country tinge… Bent smell a remix opportunity. If you like this (and you will), try ‘So Long Without You’ by Bent, which has Billie Jo Spears on it, she of ‘Blanket On The Ground’ fame. (God, growing up in rural Ireland in the late 70s, this shit was HUGE.) They also got BJ Cole to sprinkle his pedal steel guitar magic on the track (as he did on Pet Shop Boys‘ ‘You Only Tell Me You Love Me When You’re Drunk).
* There is that small matter of having to write a goddam paper for the goddam conference, but that’s not for here….