We’re very excited to announce that our brand-new single, “Wrong,” from our soon-to-be-released fourth studio album is OUT NOW. It’s our first new song in a year, and the first of many.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Penitence is undoubtedly the theme of the album, but unlike most gloomy folky bluesy boys, the sins of Bug Martin are never directly addressed. I’m still not certain why Bug Martin is now Bug Martin and is not Dead Bugs (I’m told it’s a long story, and I’m not told details). There’s something mysterious about Penitence, something buried in the muck of few microphones recording everything all at once that listeners might spend the rest of the calendar trying to uncover. If Bug wanted us to see the deepest color of his blood, he might have included lyrics to the songs on the bandcamp stream of the album, but a lack of words to read leads me to believe his regrets are singular and secret. Perhaps our biggest regret as listeners is losing touch with the profound variety of feelings that all human beings are capable of feeling, losing touch with the truth that sharing those particular, poignant emotions that can be the only thing that bind us together as a species. Or maybe the dude just needs another drink. I think Bug Martin wants you to feel this record more than he wants you to understand it. Take a listen and feel it out for yourself. BBR
Imagine working as cabin crew on a long haul flight. The only passengers are Steve Reich and Grouper. For some reason you're all crammed inside the cockpit with your ears pressed against the door, trying desperately to hear Steve and Liz playing together over the woozy swirl of the engines. That is the sound of National Screen Service, the fuzz drone project of Mick Harrison, one time bass player in schizoid hypno band Prolapse.
BELLE GHOUL are an unpredictable, unimaginable group, resulting from the uncontainable talents of the two main members, Christopher Tait (among many other things, keyboardist of ELECTRIC SIX) and Jesse Smith (Patti Smith’s daughter). With such big names, the mix is unpredictable, and in this case, serves to whet our appetites for their imminent 10” vinyl mini-LP, “Rabbit’s Moon & Doomsday” with this advance digital single. The single includes a remix and a previously unreleased song that lets the group’s electronic background - something they haven’t shown so openly so far - run wild.
But the main song, included in the upcoming mini-LP, is a perfect example of soul and pop, with the lyrical forms of Sam Cooke and the musical influences of THROWING MUSES and XTC. The result is one their most significant hits to date. And as for the remix, DUBAI BROS (another of Christopher’s projects) are in charge and they put an important twist on “Lakes Of Fire”. It’s an unimaginable leap forward for the group’s sound, darker and more danceable, with echoes of KRAFTWERK and LIQUID LIQUID. Then there’s “Devoir (Imaginary Theme)”, which is a landscapey, instrumental song where the keyboard pads make room for evocation in a new unusual and unexpected example of the group’s abilities.
It’s just a taste of what’s to come from what is probably going to be one of the most important releases in BELLE GHOUL’s career, which, given the evidence, still has so much more to give us. Savour it all as it comes.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
There is a fragile balance to Astronauts, etc. — an attempt to reconcile contradiction. Harmonious conflict rolls through mastermind Anthony Ferraro's uniquely soulful compositions with a struggling duality innate in each note. A classically trained pianist with French composer Hector Berlioz tattooed on his arm, Ferraro approaches his songwriting with both a disregard for his 15 years of focused lessons and a respect for the skill those studies have afforded him.
Phillip This EP is just all around refreshing. I love both the simplicity and the complexity about it. I've been listening to it over and over for days now.
Olivia Lee delicious straddling of perfectly addictive melancholic pop on a bed of sweet synth heaven
Andrew Jervis Oakland, CA is bursting with talent, and Anthony is one of the acts at the top o'the pile.