New Music from Bellows out 9/30/2016

Sounds like a similarly interesting band called Tunng, that I really enjoy. Folktronica was a term used for this type of music, but Bellows adds a nice touch of ’80s synth sound which adds another delightful layer to the tunes.


Bellows is the bedroom-recording project of songwriter and producer Oliver Kalb. The sound of Bellows is sensory and delicate, subtle and quiet but erupting with frantic wobbling drums, large orchestral sections and bursts of noise that push the conventions of pop and folk. Started in late 2010 in a dorm room at Bard College, Bellows has since blossomed from solo recording experiment into a large-scale rock band, employing the help of The Epoch collective to bring Kalb’s intimate home recordings to life on stage. The live band features Gabrielle Smith (Eskimeaux), Felix Walworth (Told Slant) & Henry Crawford (Small Wonder), each of whose particular sensibilities work to translate Bellows’ intimate recordings into sweeping, loud, and intense live performances.

Bellows’ sophomore record,
Blue Breath, was recorded over the course of three years, in five bedrooms across the country, and was released in 2014 by Dead Labour. The record was recorded by layering dozens of strange sounds over would-be humble folk songs, the result being a soaring pop record that treads the line between minuscule and gigantic. Blue Breath was named one of Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered’s favorite records of 2014.
Bellows’ upcoming third album, Fist & Palm, marks a drastic change in Kalb’s sound. Mixed by Jack Greenleaf (Eskimeaux, Sharpless), the record experiments with aggressive sequenced drums and electronic sounds, taking its influence as much from contemporary pop as it does from early 2000’s Pacific-Northwest lo-fi. Fist & Palm will be released on September 30th, 2016 by Double Double Whammy. 
Click Play to list to “Bully”

Catch Bellows live at dates below.

9/30 Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium
10/22 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
10/24 – Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar Room
10/25 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s
10/26 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
10/27 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
10/28 – Omaha, NE @ Milk Run
10/30 – Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
11/1 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
11/2 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
11/3 – Walla Walla, WA @ Billsville West
11/4 – Vancouver, BC @ 333 Clark
11/5 – Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project
11/6 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
11/7 – Eugene, OR @ The Boreal
11/9 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
11/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
11/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
11/14 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk
11/15 – Dallas, TX @ Club Dada
11/16 – Jackson, MS @ Big Sleepy’s
11/17 – Nashville, TN @ The End
11/18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
11/20 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
11/21 – Washington, DC @ DC9
11/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA
11/23 – Somerville, MA @ ONCE Somerville 

About Spool Going Round

If you like my blog and have access to programming and would like to do a radio/internet show together, please contact me. My name is Mike. I am an on-air radio DJ. I fell in love with radio in Chicago and then took that passion to someplace where I could actually get on the air. My travels took me to Seattle, WA, Eugene and Portland, OR and Washington D.C., where I was able to have my own morning show. I've had crab cakes with Warren Zevon, sat backstage and interviewed Sting, had Melissa Etheridge sing to me from the front row and I loved every minute of it. That passion for music still burns strong in me and I love to talk music and be turned on to music. Sharing new music with people is what got me interested in radio in the first place. It is wonderful to be able to talk music with you. "Go ahead you're on the air..." Read more:
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