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A three-minute, dual vocal line, tempo shifting distorted oddity, “Stormbird” is unlike Belleruche’s previous work but draws from the same cabinet of sonic references. A sub bass driven pop song with clipped drums and swells of looped feedback, “Stormbird” grabs your attention and runs away with it into the shadows. The entrancing video is on the Tru Thoughts YouTube channel now, with over 20,000 hits in two weeks.
With their brand new LP ‘Rollerchain’, which drops in May, Belleruche have created a more bass heavy, evocative and darker sound in the studio and onstage, whilst still retaining that melodic soulful touch that sets them apart and has gained them a worldwide fanbase. Showcasing a very modern aesthetic combined with classic song writing ability, the album is a collision of haunting vocals, tough analogue sounds and bleeding edge electronic production.
Stranger rhythms and darker basslines inhabit this record; Belleruche have picked up new instruments, styles and ideas to create a complexity and an attack that take the band’s core elements – vocals (care of Kathrin deBoer), guitar (Ricky Fabulous) and turntables (DJ modest) – to a new level. They spent the last five months of 2011 working on the writing and recording of the album, away from the distractions of touring; taking sounds and twisting them, recording straight versions of songs with bass, drums and guitar and then tearing the idea apart to find a novel and captivating style. A new and unconventional approach to songwriting has resulted in this introspective and aggressive record.
Previous recipients of the BBC 6Music Rebel Playlist and iTunes Single Of The Week, among other wide-ranging media support, Belleruche have gained themselves a fervent fanbase both at home and across the world, through the deep and offbeat yet instantly loveable sound of their three previous albums, ‘Turntable Soul Music’, ‘The Express’ and 2012’s ‘270 Stories’. Defined by a down-to-earth DIY spirit, a real affinity with their fans, and a boundless enthusiasm for the business of playing their music to as many people as possible, they are consistently in demand as a live act, and have toured major venues in the USA, UK, Europe, Australia and beyond, plus festivals as diverse as SXSW, Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party and Montreux to name a few.