I’ve been swooning over music of Belle Mare since I first heart their EP The Boat of the Fragile Mind a couple of years ago, the title track from which ended up on our best songs of the year list in 2013 and the 26 of the saddest songs ever list. Or sleeping, rather. The music is the merest suggestion of a presence, a somnambulant beauty that ensconces the listener in a cocoon of warmth, even amidst the persistent sadness.
In the meantime, the songwriting team of Amelia Bushell and Thomas Servidone, and the rest of the Brookln five piece, have been busy recording their debut full length, due out next Fall, at Electric Lady Studio, with Grammy-winner Tom Elmhirst and Ben Baptie. The first song from the album, “Cicada”, is the most expansive and aggressive we’ve heard them to date. It takes a while to get to that riotous denouement, however, with the balance of the song continuing apace in the dream haze space they typically inhabit.
“‘Cicada’ is the first song we recorded at Electric Lady. We had been playing it live for a while before we went into the studio,”Servidone says. “Since that point, we had been interpreting songs we had already recorded for a live audience, so it was nice to do the reverse and go into the studio and knock something out as a full band.”
“Electric Lady is haunted in the best way possible,” he says of the studio, built by Jimi Hendrix, and host at one time or another to the likes of Bob Dylan, John Lennon, The Clash, The Strokes, and Hall & Oates among many others. “It’s such an inspiring place, and ‘Cicada’ being the first song we recorded there makes it the most memorable session. In many ways, the song served as a benchmark for the everything we recorded afterwards.”