bells-atlas

Oakland’s Bells Atlas, whom I’ve had the pleasure of catching in a private living room show thanks to Sofar Sounds, covered one of my favorite bands (who dropped one of my top albums of 2014). Their rendition of Future Islands’ Little Dreamer is a sparkling, enchanting treat, carrying their African influenced sound and some neo-soul dreaminess. Bells Atlas is currently in the middle of a residency at Oakland’s Era Art Bar, and they’ll be supporting San Francisco’s Geographer in late February as part of this year’s Noise Pop Festival.

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Bells Atlas: An Afro-Soul Punch

Bells Atlas blends Afro-rhythms, soulful vocals, percussive arrangements, and an overall knack for precise instrumentation to tread the delicate line between intelligent and accessible. Regarding the band’s new single “Future Bones,” lead vocalist and percussionist Sandra Lawson-Ndu said, “The song marries comfort and familiarity with surprise and adventure, two themes not only present in its storytelling nature, but also in the musical composition.” [Read More]


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Lyrics:
“her history is telling
can’t refrain it from talking
let it spoil in the spotlight
let us take it from view

please never bring me back
when my body dies
don’t let me be lonely

and when every single thing I do
stops making sense

take this photograph
when the angles right
say I love you
let me repeat this day
let me do it my way
and don’t say that I’ve suffered this life no

Li Li Li


ooh she got this scar
from a leap of faith
she decided to
learn from this mistake
making ties to observe
the effects of breaking them down

ooh she’s got a gaze
crafted to engage
those who knew it well
left quietly
she accepted your
adoration though
she would justify boundaries in her heart

loving you down
loving you down

my heartache in telling
can’t refrain it from wanting
let it hide from the spotlight
let us push it from truth

please never take me to
where my body lies
don’t let me be lonely

before every single thing I do
stops making sense

take this photograph
when the angles right
say I knew you
let me repeat this day
let me do it my way
and don’t say that I’ve suffered this life no

Li Li Li

ooh she’s got a gaze
crafted to engage
those who knew it well
left quietly
she accepted your
adoration though
she would justify boundaries in her heart

loving you down
loving you down”

Credits :
Derek Barber- Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Geneva Harrison- Drums, Vibraphone, Vocals, Shaker, Extra Percussion,
Sandra Lawson- Vocals, Percussion
Doug Stuart- Bass, Vocals

Written by Sandra Lawson and Bells Atlas

Produced and Mixed by Bells Atlas and Eli Crews at New, Improved Recording

Recorded by Eli Crews at New, Improved Recording, Oakland, CA

Mastered by JJ at Golden Mastering in Ventura, CA

Bells Atlas, Pegasus Warning, and Mark de Clive-Lowe

Originally appeared on the Music Court.


Last Friday, June 26th, was a big day. Yesterday I dedicated a medley to the Supreme Court ruling on Obergefell v. Hodges, but with that my day was only just getting started. That night, I also saw Bells Atlas give a life-affirming performance at the Lyric Theater.

The warm up act was something to behold. At times, I wanted to call it a stereotypical weird local act, but Pegasus Warning undoubtedly has talent. Pegasus Warning is the moniker of Guillermo E. Brown, and I was tempted to shout, “Pegasus, that’s you!” but I controlled myself. He had a voice that impressed, but all in all it was quite a lackadaisical performance. Even still, Brown had a good rapport with the crowd, which gave him the perfect platform to experiment, and he certainly left his mark.

Bells Atlas were next to take the stage, and they did more than just take it, they commanded it. The talent exuded in all of them individually is what draws me to their music, showing that such an amalgam of sound can be so satisfying, and seeing it live was breath-taking. The driving force of Bells Atlas is obviously in their vocalist Sandra Lawson-Ndu, whose voice killed it in person.

My favorite track, “Bling,” which features quite an interesting lyrical construction, truly came to life in the live performance. As an aspiring drummer (in my head only), I also thought that Geneva Harrison was on point. The precision of each track is often dependent on her rhythm, and she lived up to the challenge. Bassist Doug Stuart offered his vocals on “Sugar For the Queen,” another track that expands on the versatility of this band. If you haven’t heard theirHyperlust EP yet, set aside fifteen minutes later today and give it a go, you will not regret it.

To cap off the night was a rousing set from New Zealand-born, LA-based DJ, Mark de Clive-Lowe. Nia Andrews joined him on few tracks, and her voice floated beautifully along with the beats of Clive-Lowe. Most of the crowd disappeared after Bells Atlas concluded, which made the venue seem pretty empty, but that just meant more space for- and less people to judge- my uncoordinated dancing.

Buy Bells Atlas’s Hyperlust EP here. Find more information on Bells Atlas on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Find more information on Pegasus Warning on his website, Facebook, andTwitter.

Find more information on Mark de Clive-Lowe on his website, Facebook, Twitter,Instagram, and Soundcloud.

“Incessant Noise” w zamyśle osadzony w afrobeat. Utwór czerpie z długiej tradycji afrobeatu łącząc to z pewnego rodzaju ukojeniem przy rozpaczliwym tekście i “szuranej” perkusji. Głos wokalistki to istna kołysanka dla naszych uszu, próbujący przeciwstawić się naszym lękom, niepokojom. 

“Video Star” - Bells Atlas

In the realm of political songs, the focus trends more towards what wrong needs to be righted, or at the very least exposed. They place a lot of blame on the man in charge. It’s an effective way to say that things need to change, but what about the more subtle workings of the political stage? Bells Atlas explores this with their debut single “Video Star” and with great results.

Coming from a mix of backgrounds, this new group from Oakland, CA creates what they call Afro-Indie-Soul in order to provide an intricate understanding of all those present for a political event. With swells of strings and guitar, Bells Atlas creates a brooding environment around the enchanting vocals of Nigerian-American singer Sandra Lawson-Ndu. “Video Star” is the first single for a full-length the band is prepping for the summer of this year, and you can download it at their Bandcamp [link]. The upcoming debut has the potential to make 2013 an even greater year, and Lawson-Ndu says it best with this track: “Everybody loves when you say ‘progress.’”

- Kevin Tappin

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Bells Atlas - Own Love (2014)