To say we’re fans of Bentcousin would be a gross understatement. We started featuring the then-duo of twins Amelia and Patrick Murray in our early days when their singles “Dizzy” and “2014” grabbed our attention. Since then, the twins have expanded Bentcousin to be a full-fledged band with Fintan, Jonny, Matt, and Dan joining them (although Matt has recently left to explore new opportunities).
In addition, Bentcousin have been pursuing an interesting project – collaborating with producers and other musicians in order to expand their musical palette. They’ve released some of these singles, but they’ve saved the best for last for their long-awaited, self-titled, debut album. With the large and diverse list of collaborators – Guiville, Alcatraz Electro, Kerwood, and more – plus new singles written with the full band, Bentcousin promises to be an expansive and eclectic compilation.
The first taste from the album, “Rock & Roll Me”, has been heard on some of the UK’s radio stations. The next serving is “Where Do I Belong”, which we are honoured to premiere today.
The single, which is below, is a terrific encapsulation of the ingenuity and versatility of the band. With the support of Houston-based, hip hop artist Lord Gabe and nineteen-year old producer William Nickson, who goes by the moniker Lo-Fye, Bentcousin are able to explore a bleaker, darker side that they hadn’t previously shown. In many ways, the song echoes of Depeche Mode during Black Celebration and Songs of Faith and Devotion – music that is haunting yet hypnotic, spine-chilling yet immersive. The interchange between Amelia’s and Patrick’s delicate voices only adds to the song’s stark atmosphere.
Through the first two songs, Bentcousin should be something extremely special, and it should catapult a band that has been knocking on the door of indie stardom.
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