In a couple weeks, Bellows are releasing their new album, The Rose Gardener. We’ve heard quite a few tracks from it already, including its title track, “Denouement,” “What Can I Tell You About The World?,” and “Housekeeping,” and today Oliver Kalb is sharing his project’s fifth and … More »
Earlier this month, Oliver Kalb announced the latest Bellows album, The Rose Gardener — the follow-up to 2016’s excellent Fist & Palm — with two new tracks, “Denouement” and “What Can I Tell You About The World?.” Coupled with “Housekeeping” from last year, we’re getting a pretty good sense … More »
Bellows is the folk-pop project of the Brooklyn-based musician Oliver Kalb. His most recent album, 2016’s Fist & Palm, chronicled the decline of a friendship, and in the years since we’ve heard a few one-off singles, including last year’s “Housekeeping.” Kalb preemptively released that song ahead of announcing his new album, … More »
When Oliver Kalb first started making music as Bellows it was an indie-folk project, drawing inspiration from the lo-fi music of the Microphones as well as traditional European folk songs Kalb’s mom would sing for him growing up. Bellows’ first full-length, As If To Say I Hate Daylight, is a guitar-driven collection of songs that … More »
Other than the obvious prerequisite bi-weekly trips for gelato cones, followed by rides on a two-person-per-car ferris wheel, what’s the key to maintaining a healthy artistic collaboration? As Bellows, Nicola Ratti and Giuseppe Ielasi have been working together since at least 2007, but even before their minds melded for the sake of minimalism and their own brand of EAI, Ratti testifies in an interview that the two Milanese tinkerers were amicable compatriots. There wasn’t (and hasn’t been) any real pressure to produce music together; and, when they do decide to go forward with a gig or a new Bellows release, it’s usually the simple consequence of somebody the duo is “cool with” requesting as-much. “We produce music when we want to or whenever someone interesting asks us for some new material,” Ratti says. Above all else, keeping things C H I L L seems to be the key.
And I think we can safely assume that Ratti and Ielasi must have kept things superlatively-so recently, because they’ve just announced Strand, their fifth LP as Bellows, out on Shelter Press THIS THURSDAY, June 8. In keeping with all-things-easy-and-casual, the new one was recorded in four days, with the only schematic being the established neural wirings of the two people in question — PLUS a table capable of supporting just a teency bit more equipment (analog and digital) than they’ve utilized in the past. If you’ve got a spare couple minutes, take an easygoing listen to the opening track below for a taste of the obscure fruit that’s been borne, and mosey on over here to purchase the full album. No pressure though. It’s totally your call.