It's odd to feel nostalgic about a band that has only officially existed for two months.
Bent, the eponymous debut album by Seattle musicians Matt Litz and Brian Rowe, has the feeling of a record I've listened to my entire life. I wouldn't be surprised if I threw this on at a party and was asked, "Who is this again?" From the softer, melodic opening track "Says The Fool," to the twangy Modest Mouse-esque vibe of "Wanderlust," Bent is an expression of the very sounds it idolizes.
The standout, "Shelf Life," is only a Zooey Deschanel relationship away from being a B-side on Death Cab's "Plans." It's the oddball, absent of electric guitars and replaced with a hauntingly familiar acoustic guitar progression nearly identical to the first 20 seconds of "I Will Follow You Into The Dark." In any other situation, the similarity would be off putting, however I honestly couldn't care less.
Obviously I have never met the guys, but I chalk the likeness up to respect -- this CD exists as a way for a couple of guys who love music to make something rooted in what they love. It's a nod to greats like Nirvana, The Beatles and Pavement, just a few of the bands who obviously had a hand in shaping the musicians.