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Bent Knee

Country of origin:


Type of music generally:

Slightly pop-y, slightly experimental progrock/rock


Most recent release, Frosting (2021)

See also:

Bent Knee's site

Bent Knee bandcamp site

Bent Knee Facebook page


Hard call. They're pretty unique as far as I know. The vocalist sometimes sounds like Susanne Sunfør. Other artrock bands perhaps? Big Hat or My Scarlet Life perhaps?

Covers/own material:


General comments:

Bent Knee is an artrock/progressive rock/experimental rock band with a powerful vocalist. Their sound is wide-ranging from slightly pop to slightly experimental. Their style varies—the playfulness and the power do not. (

Recommended first album:

Shiny Eyed Babies is the only one we've heard


  • Bent Knee (2011)
  • Shiny Eyed Babies (2014)
  • Live and Mostly Unplugged (live, 2014)
  • Say So (2016)
  • Frosting (2021)

Shiny Eyed Babies

Release info:




Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans of experimental and/or progrock

Group members:

Ben Levin—guitar
Chris Baum—violin
Courtney Swain—vocals, keyboards
Jessica Kion—bass, vocals
Gavin Wallace-Ailsworth—drums

Guest artists:

Abby Swidler—viola
Abigale Reisman—violin
Guy Mendilow—berimbau
Matt Hull—trumpet
Matthew Consul—violin
Rach Azrak—flute
Rachel Jayson—viola
Rachel Panitch—violin
Ro Rowan—cello
Rob Krahn—trombone
Sam Morrison—bari sax
Tyler Kion—alto sax)
Valerie Thompson—cello

Produced by:

Vince Welch


The songs and in particular Courtney Swain's powerful vocals range from knock-out to sweet to torch. The songs also range that widely. Unpredictable and intriguing. (

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Progressive Rock

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