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Video of the Moment #1176: Bell X1

By on Friday, 12th April 2013 at 6:00 pm

Bell X1 open their forthcoming album ‘Chop Chop’ with the ethereally impressionistic ‘Starlings Over Brighton Pier’. The song itself is hauntingly obscure, with sheer, floating vocals and a piano part reminiscent of Claude Debussy. Marc Silver, Conor Jacob, and Brian Kelly capture the mood exactly in their stunning video representation.

‘Chop Chop’ will be released in Ireland on 28 June, in the UK and Europe on 1 July and in the US on 2 July on BellyUp Records.



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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