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Bell X1: Emotionally Striking Songs With A Minimalist Touch

Friday, October 11, 2013

Bell X1's latest album 'Chop Chop' brings in The National's producer Peter Katis and Thomas Bartlett, a.k.a. Doveman. Bell X1's latest album 'Chop Chop' brings in The National's producer Peter Katis and Thomas Bartlett, a.k.a. Doveman. (Courtesy of the artist)

Bell X1 is Ireland's second biggest rock band -- after U2, of course -- but that success didn't come immediately. The group has experienced a slew of changes, namely when vocalist Damien Rice -- who once led the band when it was known by a different name, Juniper -- left the band. Soon, drummer Paul Noonan joined, and the band's remaining members -- David Geraghty and Dominic Philips --  changed the name to Bell X1.

Now, with its sixth and latest album, Chop Chop, Bell X1 is undergoing another change, albeit a musical one. For Chop Chop, Bell X1's members recorded the album in Bridgeport, Conn. over two weeks, turning to Peter Katis, the producer for The National, and Thomas Bartlett, the musician and producer known as Doveman. The result is a collection that feels like another evolution.

Known for infusing its equally wistful and joyful songs with electronics and lots of layers, the new record sounds considerably leaner in scope.

"The challenge was in making the songs rich and robust without losing the fragility and intimacy that made them so striking in the first place," explains Bartlett.

Still, despite Bell X1's move to a slightly more minimal palette, the music contains plenty of lovely, skittering sounds, carefully crafted melodies and epic, rafters-shaking moments.

 

 

Set List:

  • "The End Is Nigh"
  • "Careful What You Wish For"
  • "Motorcades"

Comments [3]

Annie

beautiful tunes as usual from the Bellx1 boys Cant wait to see them in London

Oct. 11 2013 11:32 AM
Barry from London

Waiting hard in London too.

Oct. 10 2013 06:04 PM
Ghia Griess from Boston

Can't wait for the show tomorrow night in Boston

Oct. 10 2013 02:03 PM

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