Bent Shapes // Wolves of Want

Categories:  Music    Music Reviews
Wednesday, March 30th, 2016 at 2:15 PM
Bent Shapes // Wolves of Want by Nick Warren

Bent Shapes

Wolves of Want

Slumberland Records 

4/5 stars

Some great albums arrived this month! There was the acidic garage rock of CFM. Little Green Cars’ Ephemera had a gorgeous indie folk presence. Koi Child’s self-titled debut (produced by Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker), was an astounding blend of jazz and hip-hop. Damien Jurado put out a great 12th studio album. UK’s The Bonnevilles cooked up some pitch perfect garage-blues with Arrow Pierce My Heart. One album that grabbed me immediately, though, was Wolves of Want by Bent Shapes. Jangly guitar hooks chime in instantly. The treble-heavy twee of the Boston quartet is infectious. Fans of Ted Leo and Jonathan Richman will quickly find footing. A few songs in, however, you really start to notice the lyrics. At first the album just seems to be peppered with metered wordplay and a few clever allusions. It inches closer and closer to being too recondite for its own good. Singer Ben Potrykus is “testing the limits of language to see how long you last.” His narration acquiesces enough affable self-awareness to still garner a winking sympathy, through devices like the mise en abyme of “USA vs Por.” See, I told you it was infectious. – Nick Warren

Erie Reader: Vol. 7, No. 10
Now Available — Pick It Up Today

CURRENT

The day after Erie’s mayoral primary election

14-year-old Alton Northup's thinking is progressive and something worth listening to. 

Who will win, and who should win, as mayoral momentum mounts

Leader - ship

The Downtown Edinboro Art & Music Festival provides music and art for the community.

IN THIS ISSUE

Who will win, and who should win, as mayoral momentum mounts

Leader - ship

The Downtown Edinboro Art & Music Festival provides music and art for the community.

Basement Transmissions comes to the rescue amidst library renovations.

The cohesiveness of Jensen & Three Sharks is on full display on this debut album. 

Edinboro’s Happy Mug Coffee stirs up warm feelings.

Freedom to be screwed

Signals Midwest grace the stage of Basement Transmissions again, but at its new location. 

Can you visit more than 15 Erie art locations in three hours during Erie Art Museum’s next Gallery Night?

Country music superstar and all-around national treasure Willie Nelson continues to make great music