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.
“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.
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]
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.’”
Band statement: “Bells Atlas emerges from the vibrant cultural and musical backdrop of Oakland, CA. Blending heavy percussion, soulful vocal harmonies, and thoughtful arrangements, this dynamic group has arrived at a sound that is uniquely their own. They capture the spirit of an eclectic range of influences, including highlife, hip-hop, samba, R&B and aspects of pop.”
Find Bells Atlas and MP on Facebook here and here.