"The Bent Folk are captured here in a slow and beautifully direct mood... the band does to folk what the Renderers do to country; both build on and break away from tradition." (Epic Sweep)
"Dick Whyte’s lyrics balance folk’s utilisation of well-worn phrases (the “trad arr.” of language) with an uncanny/repressed that seeps through, roughed-up by his actually singing in an all-too-rare Kiwi accent. Rupert Hunter scuffs up the track with both feedback scree and psych bravado... while Helen O’Rourke’s brisk, sympathetic drumming stops affairs degenerating into sogginess." (Stevie Kaye, The Corner)
"After the 2nd listen I found myself charmed by the earnestness and loneliness in the singer’s delivery, after the third I started to appreciate the gently rolling rhythm, punctuated with well-timed snare hits. And the ending actually leaves you hanging, does the subject end up loving/fucking/pitying the singer? I honestly can’t decide if this is the stupidest song I’ve heard all year, or the cleverest, but it certainly sucked me in." (Alex Braae, The Corner)
The first Bent Folk single is free to download here and has also been released as an acetate 7" (super limited edition, so be in quick) by the fantastic Epic Sweep Records (including a bonus live CDR). Find out more: epicsweeprecords.com
Dick Whyte - Guitar and Vocals
Helen O'Rourke - Drums and Backing Vocals
Rupert Hunter - Electric Guitar
Finn Johansson - Piano on 'We Can Pretend'
Produced by the wondrous Finn Johansson (of Johnsonville City Nights). Mastered by the brilliant Luke Rowell (of Disaster Radio).
Woodcuts by the amazing Kate Laundon