This stunning four-track EP features the forthcoming single, ‘Grieve’, seeing Bella and her band combine a darting piano-driven melody with the singer’s tender, emotional lyrics.
“In this song, I’ve laid out my heart, truly transparent about my own experience of loss. The reality is that sometimes you have to confront that dark place so I didn’t sugar coat the truth. It is the most vulnerable record I’ve written.”
Bella’s vocal capabilities also shine through on the tracks, ‘Don’t You Wanna Be Loved’, ‘Waiting’, and the EP’s closing song, ‘Baby Let’s Fall’. With its soft passages of electric guitar, trip-hop-esque drums and spine-tingling vocals, it’s easy to hear the sonic similarities to bands such as London Grammar and The xx as well as classically trained pop artists like Tori Amos, all of whom Bella cites as key influences.
Growing up with four siblings, song-writing has always been an escape for BellaMcKendree. “I was very shy as a child. I grew up tucked away in the heart of the British countryside, away from city life. The real world was daunting but through music I discovered who I am and what matters to me.”
Around 11, Bella started writing songs acapella and discovered the piano. “It was a very special time and an intimate experience. From a young age I felt the need to express issues I saw around me. That’s my fire; singing for something bigger than myself, a reason beyond what I see. I guess every artist needs something to draw from – and that’s my well.”
Last year Bella moved to London to start a band, perfecting her own material at nationwide Sofar Sounds gigs and support slots for the likes of Ryan Keen, Martin Luke Brown and Keaton Henson. In 2016 she started working with Grammy Award-winning producer Brett Shaw (Florence & The Machine, Daughter) on her upcoming debut EP, ‘Waiting’ and will now spend the summer touring across the UK in support of its upcoming release.
The ‘Waiting’ EP is out August 18. Lead single ‘Grieve’ is available now on all digital platforms.