Andrew Belle has released his 2nd full length album Black Bear and there is no sophomore slump. Andrew describes the theme of the Black Bear in this interview as:
I love writing albums with a common thread, so it was my own notion or experience from a couple years back where I felt God was coming after me. It’s hard to explain and I don’t know what was going on, but I just couldn’t even resist it. In a lot of ways, I felt like I was being hunted down and sought after. [Laughs] So the whole black bear analogy is that pursuit.
While the lyrics have the things we might expect from a singer/songwriter (his recent marriage, faith in God, and literary figures like C.S. Lewis and Flannery O’Connor) , the music breaks out of what you might expect. After listening to the layered, more electronic landscape, it will not be surprising to learn (here and here ) that bands such as Beach House and M83 were influences on the new sound found on this record.
Don’t be surprised to see it included on some year end Best of Lists.
Sample the album at Soundcloud.