Bent Appletape was an album that was recorded in 2005-2006 and ultimately shelved in favor of things like Our Blue Rainbow and New Drugs. Considering that it was recorded during the same time as the aforementioned two albums, it is easy to hear resemblance to many other Milieu tracks on this album. Two versions of "Kontour" appear, while two other versions would appear on the first Bent Appletrees album. "Applejack Beats" contains the inclusion of jazz and funk drum breaks - a staple of the New Drugs sound that came afterward. "Sleepy Route" contains very obvious melodic elements that later appeared in ambient form on "The Sleeping Earth", a track recorded for the Grassland Melodies split with Quosp. "Nite Lite" contains the fuzz bass that was present on In Hills Made Of Clouds and Pillowtone Poems. "Powerliner" is led by loops of guitar feedback, something that I would not fully explore until a year later working on Three Space Songs. "Wood Weed" is only one version of a track that was given about a dozen different versions, never to be included on anything. "Pillbox Piano" was the first track recorded for The Tandem Series 5 split at Boltfish, but was never used for reasons unknown. "Schoolbus Beats" could even be seen as a predecessor to "Alvin Sparks", using the same synths. Overall, Bent Appletape is an interesting artifact from a time that has totally passed within my work. I could not hope to make an album that sounds like this now, even if I tried. Like some distilled alcohol that matures over time, I have cultivated a fondness for the playfulness and naivete in these songs since they were initially created. Hopefully you enjoy them too.
released 13 December 2010
All music W/P by Brian Grainger. Recorded at 114RKD, 2005-2006. All material previously unreleased. Retrieved from the Milieu Music archives, 2009.