Last week Vancouver’s Belle Game announced their upcoming sophomore album ‘Fear/Nothing’ set for release 9/8 on Arts & Crafts alongside the release of their 1st single “Spirit”. Today, they return with the accompanying music video, so in a fair state of mental abandon, given the subject against heady positive chatter between a new photographer and un-jaded writer, thinking back, I must have appeared anti social as I reached for a spare set of headphones, but I might have just caught the perfect time to review Belle Game as ‘Spirit’ evokes past 4AD charges. I’ve recently been a side pursuit of to hear all of the labels works, and the Canadian band conjure equal shimmer and vocalisation akin to the early 1980’s more expansive soundscapes, a fair sway of them of them can be heard at Alma road on occasion.
The album was produced by Dave Hamelin (The Stills) and executive producer Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), Fear/Nothing is in solid hands, together they have cooked up a strong single, deceptive to just a casual chance listen, gibe ‘Spirit’ the focus and discover a lot more beneath and around the band’s main melodies, with normal instruments occasionally distorted, secondary whispered words, all under a swirling sheen, positive as well as relative.
You may be asked to step back to past echoes, but Belle Game in more crafty ways, appear to be firm ground with ‘Spirit’. 7.7/10