I don’t get a lot of music from Boston. That’s pretty strange to me, considering the massive impact the city has on other areas of pop culture like sports and film. Not a lot doesn’t mean zero, and so Bent Shapes are here with their latest single to break up the NY/LA monopoly. I’ve had their music cross my inbox several times, but I guess you could say I never really listened. When I opened this mail today I had already pigeonholed them as an electronic group…must have been the name, right? Okay, I have no excuse.
“Hex Maneuvers” lies somewhere between easy listening and heart-string pulling rock ‘n roll. That’s not the best pitch I’ve ever wrote, but it’s all I could cobble together on short notice. In a one band comparison, it reminds me of the latest Yellow Ostrich LP Strange Land, except with less bombastic chorus action and a slightly more laid back approach. The bass-line in “Hex Maneuvers” is delicious, and the track retains this sea-worn, weary feeling that’s easy to adore.
Bent Shapes are on the cusp of releasing their debut LP Feels Weird on Father/Daughter Records, which you can pre-order on vinyl at this link. It’s due out August 20th.