BNQT - Volume 1

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Volume 1 is the first studio album by British-American rock band BNQT, released in April 2017 by Bella Union Records.

BNQT is a indie rock "supergroup" founded by members of Midlake and including Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand, Fran Healy from Travis and Jason Lytle from Grandaddy.

The idea of the supergroup is as old as the history of rock & roll itself. Usually, it ends up being just a half-baked excuse to hang out and jam, very rarely does anything much good come from these projects. That makes BNQT an enjoyable aberration, and their Volume 1 album is a snapshot of late-decade indie pop and rock at its best. Midlake's Eric Pulido is the ringleader; the rest of Midlake forms the backbone and a cast of big-shot vocalists deliver the lyrical and melodic goods. Alex Kapranos, Ben Bridwell, Jason Lytle, and Fran Healy join Pulido by contributing two songs apiece, and each of them bring their A game.

It's tempting to take each writer's contributions and pit them against each other's to see who did what best, but really, what's nice about the album is how well the tracks all fit together, even though they all have intrinsic differences. Part of this is down to having the Midlake guys as the backing band on each song, the rest is down to Pulido's skills as a ringleader.

It sounds like the work of one band with five singers, even when the tracks are as different as Pulido's stomping glam rock opener "Restart", Kapranos' evil-sounding ballad "Hey Banana", or rambling '70s rock jam "Tara”. Pulido layers in loads of strings and horns throughout the record, giving it a widescreen, epic feel at times while still letting the singers' idiosyncrasies come through clearly. Some tracks are pure soft rock gold, like Bridwell's "Unlikely Force", some are orchestral ballads, like Lytle's "Failing At Feeling", and there's even a track that sounds like a loose and limber Wilburys' track, Pulido's "Real Love".

It's a remarkably coherent and listenable album that goes down very smooth, but not without the occasional moment of real emotion or foot-tapping fun. Credit Pulido for making this group truly super and the album one of the best "super" group efforts imaginable.

Check out the tracks: “Restart”; “Hey Banana”; “Unlikely Force” and “Real Love”. 

This LP housed in a gatefold sleeve with printed inner sleeve and a digital download code is pressed in Europe on orange vinyl.

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Tracklisting:

 

No.

Title

Time

A1

Restart

4:26

A2

Unlikely Force

4:07

A3

100 Million Miles

5:33

A4

Mind Of A Man

3:55

A5

Hey Banana

3:51

B1

Real Love

3:25

B2

Failing At Feeling

4:29

B3

L.A. On My Mind

3:42

B4

Tara

4:12

B5

Fighting The World

4:59

SKU 5414939955174
Record Label Bella Union
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number BELLA620V
Country UK - United Kingdom
Release Date (Year) 28 April 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 28 April 2017
Barcode # 5414939955174
Shipping Weight 0.3200kg
Shipping Width 0.008m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000789m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Orange Coloured Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeve, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Orange
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Indie Rock
Format VINYL LP

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