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Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield Awaits the Calm Before the Storm

By Graeme Wiggins It’s been a busy few years for Katie Crutchfield. Recording under the stage name Waxahatchee, Crutchfield dropped…

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Belle Game – Fear Nothing 

Wednesday 06th, September 2017 / 09:00

 

By Nathan Kunz

Arts & Crafts 

Through sonic walls of booming rhythms and strung-out synth lines, Vancouver crush pop group Belle Game create a unique and dynamic experience throughout their sophomore LP, Fear Nothing. 

Led by vocalist Andrea Lo, the band manages to pack the 10-song album with full and precise arrangements from track to track. Subtle guitar lines and acoustic drums scattered amongst songs create natural elements without taking away from the pop sensibilities put in place by wavering synthesizers and striking keys. Though rarely sparse or static in arrangement, Belle Game does a great job of never suffocating the listener with sound, as instrumentals remain organized throughout. 

Performances by Lo on Fear Nothing are consistently tasteful, often acting as a strong addition to the regimented tirade of instrumentation, though at times punching through to become a focal point. As synths sizzle and steady bass drum hits gallop into existence on the opening track “Shine,” Lo’s vocals seem to command the soundscape as they appear before the wall of sound. On the standout track “Bring Me,” Lo belts the opening lines as keys punch her performance home with striking effectiveness. 

Fear Nothing remains consistently strong thanks to precise walls of instrumentation and captivating vocal performances by Lo. By blending natural and electronic elements, Belle Game offer the listener a powerful album that never suffocates or remains static.

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