“My songs are secret call-outs to fuck,” said singer/songwriter Marion Belle of LA-based glam rock outfit Fatal Jamz. “They are whispers to wild girls and blueprints for insane teens to not fall into the trap—to stay true to their hearts.” Hopelessly entranced by the West Coast’s dreamy avoidance of reality, Belle lives in a rose-tinted world where longhaired, hip-thrusting rock stars are Gods and life beautifully unfolds like scenes in the finale of an old film.
Sonically, Belle’s work recalls the romantic savagery of bands like the New York Dolls and The Smiths, while still establishing something new—a poetry-laced, guitar-driven soundtrack for the modern streets. Belle confidently looks to the future by asserting a provocative brand of masculinity unfazed by gender norms. “I use every inch of myself to bring the audience into my world, which is a world of magic,” he said.
Offering the first taste of his forthcoming LP Gigolo, “Sex Angel” is a haunted, washed-out gem made in collaboration with international artist Rahel Ali. The pair first met at a house party, where Ali was “wearing red leather,” a pressing detail for someone as visual as Belle. The track’s music video follows, through lo-fi iPhone 6 distortions, the singer performing on-stage in an empty club. “Most performers know what’s it’s like to perform for an empty room, for no one, which is an interesting proposition, and it’s painful,” Belle said. “It’s also where you learn how to perform for the Gods.” Watch, below.