Bella Loka is back with perhaps it’s more magic and encharting video so far and VENTS is pleased to join forces for the exclusive premiere. Watch “Honey B” below. Recorded at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios with in-house producers Rob Cass and Pearse MacIntyre, both of Cave Productions (Cream/Santana/Jool’s Holland’s brass section/The Scorpions), the duo condenses heavy, searching lyrical themes into deceptively, upbeat alt-pop songs. Known for Tea’s distinctive and expressive vocals and David’s indie-pop electronica and guitar textures, BELLA LOKA originally formed in Bristol and is now based in Camden Town, London.
“BELLA LOKA first came to our attention when I was working with Cave Productions over at Abbey Road, said Vanessa Higgins, Director of Artist Services at DEFDISCO on signing the duo last winter. “The mix of stunning musicality combined with creative and mind-bending visuals that the duo produces made it a no brainier for us.”
Inspired by artists like Bjork, David Bowie, M83 (the duo’s label mate Kaela Sinclair as the group’s new vocalist/keyboardist), CHVRCHES, and The xx, Tea and David met while in college where they later collaborated on David’s university project that involved covering Pink Floyd’s “Comfortably Numb,” which earned an A. They soon became flat mates and have made music together ever since. In 2010, the duo was a part of Bristol-based four-piece alternative indie-rock band The New Root, but Tea and David have since set off to test the indie-electronic waters.
Tea, the duo’s talented vocalist, is also an independent film-maker and video artist, and is responsible for creating all of their music videos from concept to post-production. Each of BELLA LOKA’s dynamic live performances is regularly enhanced with visual projections designed by Tea and performances of her poetry alongside the songs. Norwegian pop singer Line Mari, who also recorded at Abbey Road, borrowed Tea’s creative mind to construct a documentary that charted the creation of their album titled “The Only Road Band.” Coming from an alternative indie-rock background, the two-piece outfit is “inspired by music and art that deals with weighty and interesting subject matter and likes to break the rules” (House in the Sand). “Our songs spring from an appreciation of delving deep, but we have always loved the simplicity of a great hook, beat and melody,” the combination of the two being the perfect recipe for the duo’s unique brand of pop music.
“As a lifelong Pink Floyd fan, recording at Abbey Road was a special experience,” said David of recording the LP at the world-famous studio. “It’s taken a long time to get to this stage, and our story is one of persistence, resolve, and necessary reinvention. With the industry in the state it’s in, artists have to develop themselves and learn how to do everything themselves that is to do with, and peripheral to, the music. We have always had a heavy hand in the production of our music, and we worked closely in collaboration with Rob Cass & Pearse MacIntyre to produce the album.”