TUNE Dick Dent - Lighthouse
Dick Dent is proud to introduce you to his debut self released, 8 track album - ‘Life’s Hard’. To many, Dick Dent will be a new name. In many ways, it is also a new name to Dent himself, having spent the last few years playing bass in different projects across the country. Whether this constant movement helped Dent to finally branch out on his own is disputed, but what he has learned from his travels has undoubtedly fed into the crafting of ‘Life’s Hard’.
More about Life’s Hard:
Whilst the album was finished in Bristol, ‘Life’s Hard’ started in London. During his time living in the capital, Dent developed an intense love for synthesisers, living with a bunch of friends who all practiced, recorded and played gigs in their own home. Listening to artists like Part Time and Molly Nilsson inspired Dent to explore the audio landscapes made by electronic instruments. His interest had been piqued far more by the melodies you could create and the timbres you could emulate with a humble keyboard, than any noise a guitar had made lately. Through this new passion for old keyboards, Dent was finally able to soundtrack the lights and noise of central London in the way he truly wanted.
A motif that runs throughout ‘Life’s Hard’ is isolation. Whether this is in the form of a classic break-up ballad (“Juliet”), or the fear of becoming obsolete (“Lighthouse”), the irony is not lost on the fact that Dent’s debut album is to be released during a period of isolation.
This idea of loneliness couples up perfectly with Dent’s other theme; self doubt. A playful cynicism runs throughout the 8 track album; with Dent at some points questioning his own abilities (“Artist”), and pondering the validity of other people’s promises (“I’ve Heard It All Before”).
The decision to fixate purely on synthesisers and drum machines was a new experience for Dent. Usually a bass player, Dent definitely found himself in new territory with the keyboard, teaching himself as he went, without a band for support. However, after listening to ‘Life’s Hard’, it’s difficult to believe that Dent wasn’t already comfortable in this new environment. Instrumental track “Reject” and the driving groove of “Relax” showcase Dent’s skills for crafting beautiful melodies, and interesting song structure, whilst staying perfectly contemporary and inviting in equal measure.
Praise for Life’s Hard:
“Rising out of self isolation with his first release, the enigmatic and compassionate sounds of Dick Dent smuggle you away into another world – one of deep, yearning colours and lingering vulnerability.” - So Young Magazine"