“Epistolary” begins with Bent Denim’s roots on the opening track, Southern Cities. Both members of the band, Dennis Sager and Ben Littlejohn, come from from the great state of Texas, but now live separately in different states (Dennis-Louisiana / Ben-Tennessee) and because of this, they were forced to write “Epistolary” by sending each other their ideas via email. Southern Cities couldn’t be a more perfect way to start the EP.
Living Room reminds me of the sweetest and most fragile aspects of the late great Sparklehorse that I find so soothing and close to my heart, then it kicks right into Fuel. Your soul is initially shocked by the change of pace, your head starts bobbing and your heart starts racing. If you’ve been listening intently to “Epistolary”, by now you have no control over your body – Bent Denim is controlling you now.
Periodic Table takes you right back into the relaxed introspective side of Bent Denim, with lyrics that hit close to home. I often mistake them for my own subconscious monologue, and as it ends you’re given Window. You hear birds, you close your eyes and envision the most beautiful scenery. Just when you see this window in your mind, the image is quickly removed and now you’re underwater drifting to the swells and pulses of Nine Years.
“Epistolary” ends on a melancholy note, with Cavalcade leaving you thinking.
In all “Epistolary” is a beautiful EP that feels more like an album in the best ways. The seamless flow of songs and the emotional ride Bent Denim takes you on with “Epistolary” is thoughtful, exciting, and leaves you questioning where you are right now on this earth, the person you once were, and the person you strive to be.
Artwork by Young & Sick, who has done projects for Foster The People, Maroon 5 and Robin Thicke. CDs are available now, however, we at GMAD cannot wait until “Epistolary” is available on vinyl and cassette!