Known for their unique ability to weave ethereal soundscapes into blown-out, crush-pop confections, Vancouver’s Belle Game announce their sophomore album Fear/Nothing slated for release September 8th on Arts & Crafts. Produced by Dave Hamelin (The Stills) and executive producer Kevin Drew (Broken Social Scene), the ten track collection is filled with lush compositions, led by the powerful and hypnotic vocals of Andrea Lo with backing vocals from Kevin Drew. Today, the band shares the dynamic first single “Spirit” – available today on all digital retailers.
About the track, Lo comments, “Spirit was created through the relinquishing of logic, allowing the music to take form through feeling with no end goal as opposed to structural forms. It’s the result of letting ourselves be playful, youthful and in joy, having no consequence or imposed judgment for what we created in that moment.”
Fear/Nothing combines the sweeping synth-driven dream pop of the Cocteau Twins with confident vocal-driven melodies of genre-defying artists like Empress Of and Jessy Lanza. From hushed anthems to distorted instrumentals, Belle Game teeters between two worlds. Whatever the mood, it’s always a celebration of the hard times and a refusal of fear.
Upon the release of their debut album Ritual Tradition Habit, the band earned critical praise from the likes of Rolling Stone and Pitchfork, while their emotional live performances prompted Paste Magazine to name them one of the “10 Great New Bands of CMJ”. After performing at Vancouver Folk Festival and Wayhome Festival later this month, Belle Game will hit the road for a full North American tour as lead support for Broken Social Scene. Full date listing below – be sure to catch them in a city near you!
“Fear/Nothing celebrates the bond between our best and worst. What we hate most in ourselves, our unchangeable aspects versus who we hope to be, and who we really are. It’s about numbness, exhaustion, tenacity, hope and fear. It’s a noisy basement, the places that gather light and the places that gather dark. A collection of shame and stillness. Guitars, keys, drums, vocals. It’s our personal dare to fear nothing and whatever you hear too.” – Belle Game
3. Up Again
5. Bring Me
8. I Want Nothing
9. Oh Why
7/16: Vancouver, BC @ Vancouver Folk Festival
7/28: Oro Medonte, ON @ Way Home Festival
8/12: Fernie, BC @ Wapiti Festival
9/8: Hamilton, ON @ Supercrawl Festival
9/16: Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre *
9/19: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
9/21: Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel *
9/22: Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle *
9/29: Chicago, IL /@The Aragon *
10/21: Vancouver, BC @ The Commodore *
10/23: Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre * *supporting Broken Social Scene