SINGLE RELEASE: Blue Bendy – ‘Closing Sound’
WORDS BY: TOM BRANFOOT
Closing Sound is an amalgamated oeuvre, halfway between a late night jazz fusion orchestra and a New York no wave song. Blue Bendy are a relatively new sextet from South London (one could only imagine how hard it is to coordinate schedules). Opposing the fast-paced, vulgar imitation of the current South London scene, Blue Bendy appear to be gifting unto us a different perspective from The Wasteland. Having done the rounds at South London’s obligatory The Old Blue Last and The Five Bells as well as a magnetic show at Manchester’s own institution Gullivers (for the launch of Yellow Thursdays zine), at which I also performed, Blue Bendy have been on the radar but also careful enough to not release any music, an eagerness that lets many new bands down.
With the introduction of this debut single sounding like a lo-fi hip hop interlude, the song constantly evades clear definition. Front man Arthur Nolan decorates the desolate jazz-punk orchestration with gloriously dismal poetic crooning – think Iceage, Horsey, King Krule – counterpointed by keyboard player Olivia Morgan’s dissonant vocals, in a dystopian Nancy & Lee type fashion.
Closing Sound is a song where every instrument has its place, autonomous yet providing the same wave of energy to propel the song forward. Angular bass lines and janky guitar riffs sit below the light and seemingly hopeful keyboard motif in the latter half. Trapped under the cacophonous whooshing and feedback, turning the wheel towards its logical but untimely end – as Nolan mutters some inaudible proverb. It’s a bleak and untameable song, clearly coloured by London itself, the gurgling, inescapable black mass. Whilst hard to define, it doesn’t beg the need to be defined, it’s a black cloud of collisions with a crack in the sky and an orange street light glowing.
Closing Sound by Blue Bendy was released by London record label Permanent Creeps on 22/02/19.