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270 Stories
Belleruche

Released: 11th Oct, 2010
Label: Tru Thoughts

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The first single, “Clockwatching”, saw a raft of early support: the video was recently featured on the BBC 6Music website as Nemone’s Video of the Week, and has had over 10,000 YouTube hits in its first month. As well as Nemone and fellow BBC 6Music tastemaker Huey Morgan, other fans include XFM’s John Kennedy, who has dropped both sides of the 7” on his X-Posure show.

“Clockwatching” has made people sit up and pay attention, and the same fresh, exciting feel runs through the album. ‘270 Stories’ sees the trio hitting their stride with style, tying together all that is distinctive about their off-kilter mix-up of scratchy beats, bluesy guitar and soulful, honeycomb vocals that we know and love, with the unmistakable vibe of a band pushing forward without pretension, letting their ideas roam free and lead them to a new place. In their own words it is “layered, tougher, more aggressive and possibly at the same time more introspective” than their previous, highly acclaimed, long players.

Singer Kathrin deBoer ups the ante with multi-layered harmonies that see her skirting the line between sugary and spiky, with a distinctly doo-wop style making an appearance on some tracks. In addition to his unique, bluesy lead stylings, guitarist Ricky Fabulous plays a lot more bass on this album, which makes for a dynamic and irresistible melodic interplay between basslines and vocals. More new and exciting sonic surprises you’ll find in the mix include tougher edged beats from turntablist DJ Modest, exploring darker, contemporary influences; all this alongside more rigorous attention to song arrangements and form, harnessing the beautifully dishevelled, charmingly chaotic energy of their music for a powerful result.

The trio have developed a new live show to encompass all of these elements and more…“We’re playing new stuff in new ways: Ricky is playing bass on stage now for some songs, Kathrin’s using loopers and guitar delay pedals and Modest is using Abelton and loads of new things he doesn’t really understand.” With a great reputation already for their live performances, these new developments – described in characteristic self-effacing style – are set to add another level of intrigue. Look out for headline album tours of the UK, Europe and North America later this year, but first you can catch them at a host of major festivals this summer, including the Secret Garden Party, Bestival and the Big Chill.

Having sold over 30,000 albums, Belleruche are currently teetering on the brink of stardom. The fresh energy and fuzzy vintage charm of their first LP, ‘Turntable Soul Music’ (2007) quickly won the attention of the press, along with a fervent fanbase. They shot to particularly high popularity in France, where they regularly play live to crowds of thousands (including a recent set opening for De La Soul). 2008’s ‘The Express’ hit number 1 in the iTunes electronic album chart, with rave reviews, daytime BBC 6 Music support, a live Radio 2 session and an iTunes Single of the Week, and saw the band strengthen their foothold in the overcrowded UK landscape, which they now look poised to take by storm. They started 2010 as they mean to go on, with the “Liberty EP”, which sold out on vinyl and had to be re-pressed within a fortnight.

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