The press release says he’s driving in his own unique musical lane; I couldn’t have said it any better myself. Alex Bent + the Emptiness samples Wu Tang Clan, Nine Inch Nails, and The Princess Bride on his new single “Run Like Hell” and makes it all sound natural, so obvious and familiar, and yet completely impossible to pigeon-hole.
Built around smooth R&B grooves and punctuated by techno pulses and gritty, late-night atmospherics, “Run Like Hell” is a decidedly darker, quasi-sinister sound from the Saskatoon based songwriter who stole our hearts with his sweet emo-soaked baritone two years ago. It fits him like a perfectly broken in leather jacket, a tough, weather-worn exterior protecting his warm-blooded, soulful heart.
Bent explains that the Emptiness of his solo project’s name refers to his musical expression, the part of him that’s drawn to the surface when he makes music. “Run Like Hell” is a deep, vast well, and an impressive start to Bent’s latest musical journey.
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