Band location: Brooklyn, New York
Why we like it: Oliver Kalb, also known as Bellows, is nothing short of a genius. I showed my friends this record on a long, traffic-filled car ride and I think it was perfect for the occasion. Blue Breath is a beautifully textured record that honestly sounds too good to have been recorded over few months time in a collection of bedrooms.
About halfway into the record, my friends got upset because on every track I said, “I love his vocals on this track.” But truly, I do. The layers, on top of layers, on top of layers of his vocals on every track are astounding. His low octave mellow voice is so soothing over the tranquil nature of the instrumentals.
The intricate and interesting beats going on and off at any moment make for such an enjoyable close listening experience of Blue Breath. On top of that, panned all over are dreamy, serine guitar lines and adorable synths that seemingly fade in at all the right moments.
This is a record that not only should be listened to over and over, but NEEDS to be listened to over and over. At any given moment there are at least six or seven different tracks going off at once, meaning to really take it all in it has be listened to closely several times. To arrange such thoughtfully textured music is difficult for most bands that are made up of multiple people; Kalb’s ability to create such full arrangements while altogether making it catchy is such an incredible gift to modern pop music.
Where to listen: Bandcamp
- Jorge Velez