Bent ‎– Ariels

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1 Comin' Back
Brass – Gareth BaileyCello – Dave Daniels*Guitar [Fender Vi] – Nail TollidaySynthesizer [Sixtrak, Aks], Glockenspiel, Omnichord – Simon MillsViola – Bruce WhiteViolin – Gavyn Wright, Julian LeaperVocals – Rachel Foster
2 Sunday 29th
Backing Vocals – Katty Heath, Simon Mills, Steve EdwardsBacking Vocals, Vibraphone – Simon MillsDouble Bass [Upright], Bass [Bowed] – Arwel HughesFlute – Dorian ConwayGuitar [Pedal Steel] – BJ ColeLead Vocals – Katty Heath
3 I Can't Believe It's Over
Backing Vocals – Sian Evans, Steve EdwardsCello – Dave Daniels*Lead Vocals – Sian EvansSynthesizer [Analog Systems Modular, Prophet 10] – Simon MillsSynthesizer [Minimoog] – Nail TollidayViola – Bruce WhiteViolin – Gavyn Wright, Julian Leaper
4 As You Fall
Cello – Dave Daniels*Guitar [Pedal Steel] – BJ ColeHarp – Rhodri DaviesSynthesizer [Emulator Ii] – Simon MillsSynthesizer [Sh101] – Nail TollidayViola – Bruce WhiteViolin – Gavyn Wright, Julian LeaperVocals – Katty Heath
5 Silent Life
Bass [Fender], Guitar – John ThompsonBrass – Gareth BaileyCello – Dave Daniels*Drums – Paul ColeGlockenspiel, Omnichord, Vibraphone, Organ [Hammond] – Simon MillsGuitar [Pedal Steel] – BJ ColeHarp – Rhodri DaviesPercussion – Gareth Bailey, Paul ColePiano, Bass – Nail TollidayViola – Bruce WhiteViolin – Gavyn Wright, Julian LeaperVocals – Steve Edwards
6 Sing Me
Backing Vocals – Katty Heath, Rachel FosterGuitar [E-bow] – BJ ColeLead Vocals – Rachel FosterOmnichord, Synthesizer [Elka Synthex] – Simon MillsSynthesizer [Minimoog] – Nail Tolliday
7 On The Lake
Backing Vocals – Katty HeathGuitar [Onion] – Nail TollidayGuitar [Pedal Steel, E-bow] – BJ ColeHarp – Rhodri DaviesSynthesizer [Elka Synthex] – Simon Mills
8 Now I Must Remember
Drums – Darrin MooneySynthesizer [Emulator Ii] – Simon MillsVocals – Katty Heath
9 You Are The Oscillator
Double Bass [Upright] – John ThompsonGuitar [Pedal Steel] – BJ ColeHarp – Rhodri DaviesPercussion – Paul ColeVocals – Katty Heath, Rachel Foster
10 Sunday Boy
Bass [Fender], Synthesizer [Emulator Ii] – Nail TollidaySynthesizer [Analog Systems Modular, Korg Vc10] – Simon MillsVocals – Sian Evans
11 Exercise 4
Backing Vocals – Katty HeathFlute – Dorian ConwaySynthesizer [Analog Systems Modular, Arp Odyssey] – Simon MillsSynthesizer [Synthi Aks], Melodica – Nail Tolliday
12 The Waters Deep
Guitar – John ThompsonSynthesizer [Elka Synthex, Ppg Wave 2.3, Moog Modular] – Simon MillsSynthesizer [Emulator Ii, Analog Systems Modular, Oscar] – Nail TollidayVocals – Katty Heath


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  • Barcode: 5 026535 808329
  • Matrix / Runout: || CD || OPEN04CD || 04243-8775 ||
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LV31
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI RZ17

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
0000072MIN Bent Ariels(CD, Album, Promo) Ministry Of Sound 0000072MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version
HN204CD Bent Ariels(CD, Album) High Note Records HN204CD Taiwan 2004 Sell This Version
EDD 144 CD Bent Ariels(CD, Album) El Dance Recordings EDD 144 CD Spain 2004 Sell This Version
none Bent Ariels(CDr, Copy Prot., Promo, Smplr) Open none UK 2004 Sell This Version
0000072MIN Bent Ariels(CD, Album) Open 0000072MIN Germany 2004 Sell This Version


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March 20, 2017
Really wish this was on vinyl! Surprised that so many earlier releases are, but this is not.


August 31, 2016
This is one of the best pieces in their catalog. How is this still not on vinyl?


April 27, 2008

When listening to an album, did you ever get the feeling that you're no longer standing on the ground, but floating? Because that's the exact feeling I had when listening to "Ariels" for the first time. At times it's that emotional!
It's very hard to pick highlights from the album, as every single track is a small masterpiece. But I particulary liked "Sing Me" (with the beautiful vocals of Rachel Foster of the "Weekend Players"), "You Are The Oscilator" (same vocalist) and the dreamy "On The Lake", an AMAZING piece of melodic ambient music.

"Ariels" is a truly wonderful album. Out of all Bent's work, this album is the closest to my heart. Highly recommended, especially on lonely nostalgic evenings.


February 7, 2007
edited over 14 years ago
As the previous reviewer stated, Bent has always a penchant for reworking or revitalizing obscure tracks and, thus, delivering a polished retro feel to their productions.
In ARIELS, they apparently took a turn in the road in order to venture a change in the scenery.
All I can say is: the landscape they've captured and pictured in this new album is simply mesmerizing.
Deeply emotional, ARIELS could be unfairly called "cheesy" after a first listen. However, if you take the time to really absorb it, you'll realize the album is melancholic without being depressive, and it's sad without being sappy.
And AS YOU FALL is one of the most heartbreaking song I have ever, ever heard.


January 12, 2007
edited over 14 years ago

Bent has always excelled at making gorgeous downtempo with a humorous twist, but some of their best tracks ("So Long Without You," "Magic Love") have only been clever recrafting of other tracks. So without the reliance on samples, what's left? On ARIELS, they prove that they're more than the contents of their sampler. Right away, on "Comin' Back," they show off their penchant for songcraft with a Asian-tinged, pentatonic melody. They provide plenty of surprises, too: the peppy intro of "I Can't Believe It's Over" quickly turns into sadness. "As You Fall" revels in its own dreaminess, while "Silent Life" is pure 60s-pop catchiness. BJ Cole's pedal steel guitar adds a haunting country elegance to the instrumental "On the Lake." And even though the album is front-loaded with the stronger individual songs, the latter part of the album holds its own: "Sunday Boy" drifts along lazily, while "Exercise 4" puts the pep back in. "The Waters Deep" plunges headlong into a dreamy funk, bringing both parts of the album together cohesively. ARIELS represents a real step forward for the Bent gents.