Track Premiere: Bellows—’The Rose Gardener’
Posted: by The Editor
Bellows‘ music has always been a crisscross of organic and manufactured sounds. What began as a stream of folk releases clearly, though impressively, spawning from songwriter Oliver Kalb’s bedroom, has developed into an expansive yet equally self-made myriad of sonic elements. Auto-tune, club beats, lush synths, and a grand breadth of guitar tones were crystallized into his sound on 2016’s Fist & Palm. As its titled implies, it’s an album that flips between hard-hitting bangers and warm embraces of art-folk, effectively capturing the simultaneous hugeness and smallness of the modern world.
The Rose Gardener is the fourth Bellows full-length (out 2/22 via Topshelf Records), and it sees Kalb smoothing the inherent edges of such a dichotomous sound. Its title track, which we’re premiering below, begins as a tender folk song that’s spliced with passages of poly-rhythmic drum pads and an ascending piano arpeggio. But towards the track’s middle section, a flutter of strings suddenly usher in a surge of squelchy synths, thunderous drums, and a pounding, distorted guitar riff. It’s a brief climax, though, as the song quickly slides back into its gentle groove, with just traces of acoustic drums lingering behind Kalb’s soft croons, teasing a second explosion that never arrives.
Stream it below:
The Rose Gardener is out 2/22 via Topshelf Records.
Eli Enis | @eli_enis
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