Diving Deep with Andrew Belle
On this beautiful November Monday the 6th, let me introduce you to my diving deep musical journey to one of my top favorites in the indie pop, rok, folk genre, Andrew Belle. He is always a prominent feature in any playlist I create or have and play anywhere. His unique singing style with a soulful voice and creating some very simple yet memorable tunes with constantly evolving sound keeps his fans and music lovers loyal at heart. Record after record he has always kept up the high standards of his music and song writing, with three full length studio albums and two EPs. He is my strong recommendation to all of you, please go and enjoy his music, you will not regret it at all.
A little about Andrew Belle
American singer songwriter Andrew Belle hails from Chicago, Illinois. Born in 1984, he moved later to Nashville in search of his musical quest. Currently he is a Los Angeles resident. Initially he started with an indie folk sound, with full of acoustic guitars and traditional folk instruments. Gradually with the release of his second album Black Bear, he moved on to much synth pop sound with electronic ambient arrangements, but keeping his indie sound intact, along with some memorable tunes and soulful song writing, he became a name to reckon with.
In Belle’s own words, his musical influences range from Thom Yorke, James Blake and M83. His choice to go for much electro pop synth based sound from Black Bear album onward was his discovery of creating new sounds and touching new areas, which is very essential for any artist, to constantly re invent themselves in their creations.
Diving Deep into the music of Andrew Belle
My first introduction to his music was through his track ‘Dark Matter’ from his second studio album Black Bear which came out in 2013. The song mentioned is a huge song, even though relatively darker in subject and surprisingly being the opening track of the album, it grew on me real fast, and went on in repeat on my ipod for much longer time. The track is nothing like anything I had heard before previously and was completely besotted by the haunting yet gorgeous synth pop sounds with precision engineering. And I knew that this album was going to be huge. It didn’t disappoint me at all and surpassed my expectations by miles. There is not a single track on this album that I hadn’t liked, trust me they are so good.
Not surprisingly, that his songs are regularly used in hit television series like Grey’s Anatomy, Castle and Vampire Diaries, and others too. The stand out tracks from this album for me in spite of my liking all the songs, are Pieces, Sister, The Enemy and I won’t fight back. Tunes he creates have always made many of his female fans all around the world go weak in their knees, and very rightly so.
His song ‘In my Veins’, released in 2010, is a soulful ballad and has been used in the shows I mentioned earlier. One listen to the song, and you will understand what I am trying to say. The song is absolutely heart wrenching and utterly beautiful.
Four years later, in August 2017, he released his brand new studio album, Dive Deep with 11 songs. in this album he collaborated with song writers James McAlister and Nashville musician Dustin Wise. The album once again brought out the talent of Andrew Belle in creating memorable tunes, with catchy and soulful tracks, rich in synth pop sounds. The tracks Dive Deep, Horizon, New York, You and When The End comes are my top favorites.
Apart from these albums, he came out with The Daylight EP in 2012. Songs like Daylight and Sky’s Still Blue are indeed stand out tracks and must be heard.
His first album The Ladder came out in 2010. But I heard this album much later in 2014 after I had gone through his Black Bear album. The Ladder is entirely an acoustic piano driven indie folk album with some beautiful memorable tunes and great songs. His singing voice has much been compared to Mat Kearney, another great musician of the Christian music genre, and on this album, his sure influences were Greg Laswell, Matt Nathanson and Mat Kearney, all reputed musicians in their own names. The Ladder, Tower, My Oldest Friend are some of the stand out tracks for me, though I like the entire album.
‘In My Veins’
Nothing goes as planned
Everything will break
People say goodbye
In their own special way
All that you rely on
And all that you can fake
Will leave you in the morning
But find you in the day
Oh, you’re in my veins
And I cannot get you out
Oh, you’re all I taste
At night inside of my mouth
Oh, you run away
‘Cause I am not what you found
Oh, you’re in my veins
And I cannot get you out