In the Post #103: Bell X1 premiere new song ‘Careful What You Wish For’

By on Thursday, 21st March 2013 at 1:07 pm

Irish art rockers Bell X1 have just released a Soundcloud stream of ‘Careful What You Wish For’, which will feature on their upcoming album ‘Chop Chop’. The full album, recorded in Connecticut earlier this year, isn’t scheduled for release until June, but Bell X1 did perform a few of the new songs on their acoustic tour of Europe and America last autumn. ‘Careful What You Wish For’ was among those performed live, and Bell X1 haven’t strayed far from the acoustic version in their recording for the album.

The studio arrangement includes a string section and some electronic bits and bobs not present in the live version, but the distinctive piano melody, played deftly by David Geraghty, is wisely left unchanged. Paul Noonan stretches to the edges of his vocal range, and while his falsetto isn’t pitch perfect, the lower part of his voice is always easy enough on the ears to take the sting out of the words he sings. These lyrics, presumably also by Noonan, are as pointedly perceptive as ever, cutting to the quick with lines like, “these bulbs are the fluorescent kind / no-one looks good in this light”.


‘Careful What You Wish For’ is the second Soundcloud stream released by the band in advance of ‘Chop Chop’, which will be released on the 28th of June in Ireland. The band will premiere the LP live at the National Concert Hall in Dublin the following night, on Saturday the 29th of June, playing it in its entirety, before performing some songs from their back catalogue. The first song from the album available by stream, an ethereally beautiful track called ‘Starlings Over Brighton Pier’, subsequently included a breathtaking video, which we’ve embedded below as well for both your viewing and listening pleasure.


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8:54 pm
21st March 2013

RT @tgtf: New post: In the Post #103: Bell X1 @BellX1 premiere new song ‘Careful What You Wish For’:

8:54 pm
21st March 2013

RT @tgtf: New post: In the Post #103: Bell X1 @BellX1 premiere new song ‘Careful What You Wish For’:

[…] right. ‘Starlings Over Brighton Pier’ (video here) and ‘Careful What You Wish For’ (stream here), if I’m right? Yeah, that’s right, yeah. Have you had a pretty good response to those so far? […]

4:44 am
27th September 2017

Chop Chop was Bell X1’s d album to debut at No.1 in the Irish Charts h album to be nominated for a Meteor Choice Music Prize for album of the year.

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