Bellafea is a completely refreshing change from the norm.
Haunting and basic, these melodies stick to me and evoke excellent
ambiance and moods; within each song delicate strands of soft
and loud dance around each other keeping things interesting and
showing me that simple lines don't have to be presented in a simple
"Be Still And Know" begins the album in an O Brother,
Where Art Thou? feel, bare and expressive. The lead female's
vocals just breathe on the track, in a sultry alto way without
trying to be, and she is accented nicely with a subtly discordant
backing vocal. "Tara" shows to-the-point guitar lines,
and introduces a male backing vocal that plays well with the others.
"Seasons", by far my favorite track, is just plain beautiful,
with breaks that are meaningful and driven by well-executed drums.
"Family Tree" closes out a perfect album, carrying the
ambiance and feel up a notch with a pathos other bands should
take note of.
The production of this piece is stunning; a lot of producers
would feel like they have to beef up material that may be full
of voids, but here the emptiness is used as an instrument, precise
and clean which adds a completely different dimension to the album.
This makes the breaks and changes all the more powerful and full
of meaning as an otherwise standard drum or guitar line introduced
becomes like an epiphany. Subtle, as a word, just doesn't encompass
it enough - haunting, falls short in describing the chills I get
from listening to this album - the ambiance captured is nothing
short of breathe-taking, and Pidgeon English Records is quickly
becoming synonymous with high-quality music in my mind. Well done.
From the first listen I knew I wasn't listening to any run of
the mill band, I was listening to something more unique, something
that has carved a place in my mind as pure and unbiased, just
plain simple in a beautiful way. It is rare to find such music,
and it is my job to tell you about it. Now, what you do from there
is up to you.
1) Be Still and Know
3) While We Are Still Young
5) Thorn Bird
6) Family Tree
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