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.arts & crafts, Belle Game, Fear Nothing, Record Review