Vancouver dark-pop exponents (if you really must pigeon-hole them) THE BELLE GAME are just about to head out on a European tour, which unfortunately takes in only one UK date … in London of course, at St Pancras Church on 28th November.
The tour is presumably to promote their excellent, long awaited debut album ‘Ritual Tradition Habit,‘ which was actually scheduled for release last year, but delayed by the label due to an ‘exciting new liaison with an international partner.’ But all good things come to those that wait of course and the twelve tracks of beautifully layered and textured melodies are quite often it would appear, juxtaposed with pretty dark videos.
The music itself reminds me a little of the ‘generic’ Brooklyn dream-pop sound and vocalist Andrea Lo’s powerful yet dulcet tone rings familiar – especially so on ‘Wait Up For You.’ And yet, that said, the band still have a quite unique sound, blending the dramatic with the pained and the raucous with the gentle.
Perhaps next time, they can stop a little longer in the UK. (And Glasgow,, perhaps?)
(I really like how so much thought has been put into the videos, and that they are almost like stand-alone short-films.)