Belle Mare #4 - How Much Longer

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Firstly, apologies for the blog silence. I've hardly been home these past couple of weeks and when I have I've been lethargic and hardly in the frame of mind to write blogs, I'm aiming to find some focus and a second wind. Starting right now with a rather brilliant return by Belle Mare...

"How Much Longer" follows last years brilliant "Dark of My Evening" and should find its place on a forthcoming LP from the Brooklyn based group (due later this Summer), potentially one of the years finest too. "How Much Longer" unwinds perfectly amongst the typically lush tones of Amelia Bushell and the most brilliant of melodies, stirring yet dreamy, exotic yet intimate, spacious yet rich, it ebbs and flows effortlessly and completely wraps you up in its intoxicating beauty. I'm smitten (once again).

Belle Mare #3 - Dark Of My Evening

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Well this is lush. Belle Mare have already proven themselves masters of ear-worm songcraft, releasing track after track that seduces the listener with every twist and turn and the good news continues, their latest “Dark of My Evening” is no different.

Much like the equally wonderful “Cicada” from earlier this year, there’s less reverb used then on their debut EP, instead the emphasis is placed on a rather splendid rhythm section, with swirling guitarscapes, the irresistible vocal of Amelia Bushell and a blissful chorus the icing on the cake.

There's hopefully a debut LP to look forward in 2016. Fingers crossed.

Belle Mare #2 - Cicada

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Well Belle Mare snuck this one out didn't they?!  It's been a little over two years since I posted about the project that began as the Brooklyn based duo of Amelia Bushell and Thomas Servidone and is now expanded to a quintet with their spacious, sparse and overwhelming beautiful debut The Boat of The Fragile Mind.  

Their first track since "Cicada" was shared last month but came to my attention the other night when the band popped up on my Facebook. It still, despite hitting about 5% of your audience has some use it seems. As soon as I saw there was a new song I pressed play and was immediately smitten. What awaits is their most complete, compelling offering to date. 

"Cicada" is a slowly seducing five minute epic that marriages those early traits with a new expansive, dramatic palette. Amelia's haunting, soulful vocals will still immediately weaken your knees and the instrumentation remains as darkly hued and unhurried as ever, gently and woozily eking into your soul before wham, at three minutes there's a quite unexpected explosion of noise, crashing drums and expansive guitarscapes colliding at odds with  the indescribable emotions on display throughout.  It's just wonderful. There's an album promised later in the year, I can't wait.

Belle Mare - New Music "Introducing"

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Something to really immerse yourself in now, from the low-key acoustic strumming of the outstanding stand-out "The Boat of the Fragile Mind" this is a record that will stay with you long after it's finished playing, spacious, sparse and overwhelming beautiful, Brooklyn based duo Belle Mare have created a truly haunting, atmospheric wonder with the eight track mini-album of the same name.

"All This Time" comes closest to hitting the pre-billing 'dream pop' sound, it's definitely dreamy, sleepy music with a languid, electronic wash sweeping through its rich textures but it's moody and melancholic and Amelia Bushell's whispers are tinged in darkness, the London born vocalists honey-toned voice is a true highlight, woozy and nostalgic, dusky and enchanting, drenched in reverb throughout it adds much more than words to the minimalistic soundscapes.

Belle Mare are a band for a mature, thoughtful appetite perfect for those after-hours solitary moments, deep in thoughts or with a glass of malt, the vulnerability in "Rehearsed Lines" or the eerie tapestry of piano echoes of "Deep In Your Dark" both hit equally hard on this compelling, sophisticated release.

The Boat of The Fragile Mind is due for release on April 9th via bandcamp and the usual digital outlets with a CD/Tape release available at future shows.