South London art-rock sextet Blue Bendy release their debut EP which features their previous single: the oddball anthem ‘A Celebration’. On ‘Spring 100’, Blue Bendy have never sounded more explosive and in control during the same song. At once minimal; everything that you can hear is absolutely necessary, then at other turns they become dense and bright, with a wonderfully incisive flute melody that tears up all the reference points you thought you might have with a South London band. When Blue Bendy independently released debut single ‘Suspension’ in 2019, it caught the attention of producer Margo Broom – Fat White Family, Goat Girl – who understood the potential in that single and the pop experimentalism that needed to be conjured from the six piece. 2021’s ‘International’ and ‘Glosso Babel’, the first products of their work with Broom, established Blue Bendy as one of the most exciting bands emerging from South London.
Nolan’s charismatic vocal and a committed interest in lyric writing that has perhaps been absent from British music over the last couple of years. Though you might be able to detect trace DNA of the humour of Malkmus, the romantic absurdity of Bjork and even the kitchen sink despair of Johnny Cash, there is something truly unique that runs through everything Blue Bendy put their hand to.
Defiantly building on their early promise, Blue Bendy are getting weirder and poppier in perfect tandem.