new sound: bells atlas

bells atlas

If you’ve been paying close attention to 70/day/wknd’s recommenders series, you might remember Oakland-based TRAILS AND WAYS recommending a new band from their town, Bells.  The band sounded great, but they only had demos out.

Fast forward four months, and Bells has become Bells Atlas, and they’ve released a new single, “Video Star,” off their debut album due out later this year.   Right now, this is the only taste they’ve let us in on, but if the rest of the album sounds anything like this one, I’m in love.Fronted by Nigerian-American songwriter, Sandra Lawson-Ndu who draws influence from Nigerian singer Rex Lawson, the band brings a sound thats more interesting than your run-of-the-mill indie stuff.  Take a listen to “Video Star” below:

Lyric to Consider: “don’t smile too much / don’t forget the line that you marked / don’t rush / they ain’t got a lot in their lives”

One of the reasons I’m particularly excited about Bells Atlas is that they use live looping, a technique also used by favorites like Kishi Bashi and tUnE-yArDs.  I’ve decided if you can do live looping successfully, you are a musical badass.

See what I mean in this video of the band performing “Video Star” at Honor Roll Studios in Miami:

Yeah, that was awesome.  Keep an eye out for these guys.


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