The Belle Game has come along way since “Tiny Fires.” After their first two EPs, characterized by fun and folky acoustics, it’s refreshing to hear the moody, ominously sweet sounds that make up their new album, Ritual Tradition Habit. With the witchingly beautiful vocals of Andrea Lo and a rich, organized chaos of entrancing orchestral sounds, this album tells a story of a band’s newfound maturity.
Crafting these songs in the candlelight of Adam Nanji and Katrina Jone’s basement, this five-piece band has a cohesive production process which gives each member equal choice of what is scrapped and what stays. “When we bring it to the table, all five of us tear it apart and build from the foundation up,” says Jones.
Although the band has straddled a few different genres, they are beginning to settle down into what they call “dark pop.” Katrina Jones tells BeatRoute this album was inspired by the trials of “growing up, graduating and the other dramas of being twenty-something.” But the band is anything but dramatic, dark or scary.
Surrounding themselves with local Vancouver musicians such as Hannah Georgas and the Zolas, Jones tells BeatRoute that the Belle Game has been lucky to work and play in such a positive environment. “The music scene is really different here from Montreal I find, and maybe it’s because it’s just a smaller community, but everyone is so nice,” says Jones. “It’s great to meet people and not feel like you have to jump through hoops to work with them. It’s as simple as ‘Hey, I like you guys and lets do something together.’ It’s been amazing to work with artists we respect and admire.”
And who does the Belle Game dream about sharing the stage with in the future? “When I think of the ‘big dream’, I always revert to my 14-year old me, which means I wanted to work with Mariah Carey,” says Katrina Jones. “But, when we were at South by Southwest we saw an all-girl band called HAIM. We’ve been obsessing over them lately. Our whole band totally fell in love with them. Or, if Broken Social Scene is ever reunited, we’d definitely want to go on the road with them.”
By Ali OmelaniecBC, British Columbia