Stop Press:Bela releases new single “COLLIDE”
Bela Takes Chase is releasing her third single “Collide”. Bela will be gigging around London in May-July 2015, so check the gig listing.
The single will be released May 24th on I Tunes.
Below you can see the video for “Collide”
“Simply outstanding, her voice is rich, hazy, delicate, fragile and sumptuous all at the same time.” (FSOL)
“The song exposes itself in a blur of heady atmosphere and strings. Bliss”
“A photogenic lass with choruses as big as Robert Smiths 80’s hairdo.” (Andy Von Pip’s Musical Express)
“She effortlessly juggles looks, talent and ambition; tailor made for mainstream success.”
Brand new singer/songwriter Bela’s blending of uptempo and downbeat has led Independent Music News to describe her music as “Rough-Luxy” hence the title of her first EP.
Having supported Jake Bugg, To Kill a King and Neon Jungle and headlined at last years Lubstock and Wilkestock festivals, Bela ‘s first release of 2015 is “COLLIDE”. Its made for the fans of Morcheeba, Beach House, Lamb and London Grammar, and is as soothing and delicate as expected. Pulsing beats and warm keyboard and guitar embellish Bela’s uniqueness and quirkiness. The whole song throbs gently below the surface and is warmly wrapped in reverb from start to finish.
Bela “ Last year I did some gigs where we added a 3 piece string section. It was a challenge to adapt our set and even to get on some stages, but it gave me a taste for a widescreen sound, so when we finished gigging for 2014 we went into the studio and Collide is the result. Also while we were on tour we had Phil Spector on loop in the van and I’m sure there’s a smattering of that in there”
Bon Bonnie at The Music Press says “Bela sounds as beautiful as she looks” Roisin Kheller at Independent Music News says “Bela is amazing live. This is definitely One to Watch”
Arriving on these shores from her native town of Newcastle, Australia, home of The Screaming Jets and Silverchair, Bela’s distinctive voice, remarkable set of haunting tunes, and memorable lyrics have made waves around the acoustic circuit in London – and earned her immediate attention, including many plays on Tom Robinson’s show on Radio 6.
Asked about her influences Bela says “My childhood consisted of my parents playing one night of Simon and Garfunkel and the next Bach, then an afternoon of James Taylor and an evening of Debussy. Oh and the Beatles, of course.”
However it was Bela’s older brothers’ penchant for the somewhat noisier Rage Against The Machine and Nirvana, and her own discovery of Radiohead, PJ Harvey,Bon Iver and Death Cab for Cutie , which may be behind her decision to recruit musicians and make a bigger bang. “I wanted to find a sound somewhere between acoustic and electro, a fuller sound.”
Bela plays guitar, piano synths and programs on her recordings and, with the support of her band, balances playing these whilst fronting with her unique vocal. This hasn’t meant that she has abandoned the acoustic side though. “We still do quiet songs in the set and they work really well after an up tempo song like Miles Away.”
“COLLIDE” is subtly filled with rich ambience, the production is filled with underscoring melodies and driving momentum, and by creating a nostalgic feel through out, it turns a catchy song into an infectious one.
A soulful tune, Bela Takes Chase, Collide will be available for sale and download from May 24th on I Tunes
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