Oakland-based pop-soul band Bells Atlas
Announces new single, “NCAT”
Joining Snap Judgment as new touring house band
“It’s transportive music. With rhythms borrowed from soul, dub and latin psych-rock Bells Atlas paints pictures with every bar.” – Okayplayer
“There are a lot of records I’ve fallen in love with on first listen and then never gotten around to a second listen. Bells Atlas are not one of those bands.” – Afropunk
(Brooklyn, NY) With a full length and two EPs released since forming in late 2012, Oakland-based pop-soul band Bells Atlas are gearing up to drop a new standalone single, “NCAT.” The track release comes timed with the Bells Atlas’ upcoming run of dates with the WNYC/NPR program Snap Judgment serving as the house band during live recordings.
Attempting to neatly describe the sounds that Derek Barber (guitar) Geneva Harrison (drums, percussion, keys) Sandra Lawson-Ndu (vocals, percussion, keys) and Doug Stuart (bass, vocals, keys) produce together is no easy task. Kaleidoscopic and richly layered, each new foray by the band expands the wide, colorful sonic palette from which they paint dazzling, vibrant structures from.
As Bandcamp Chief Curator Andrew Jervis puts it, “The future sound of Oakland. Shades of African, indie, electronic, and soul music in all the right proportions.” Snap Judgment’s Glynn Washington adds that Bells Atlas are “made of magic and popsicles”.
Be on the lookout for more from Bells Atlas in the coming weeks and months, including the official release of “NCAT” out soon.
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