Friday, September 13, 2019

You might feel the earth move during "Upside Down" an alternatve rock fusion by Bellflower

AP Track Review:

The track, Upside Down,  from Bellflower, a nine piece band from Montreal, Quebec centering around singer-songwriter Em Pompa feels like a mini earthquake or a series of them. From the onset, there is a jumble of sounds that feel like the earth below your feet is unsteady and wavering courtesy of a carefully orchestrated whirlwind of horns (tenor sax, flute, bass clarinet, trombone, tuba, flugal horn), piano, stand up bass, guitars, electric bass, synth, Rhodes piano, drums and probably more. It is dizzy and beautiful and when the chaos falls away to Pompa's vocal performance the tempo quiets and the shift turns to a beautiful harmony full of wide eyed wonder as sounds step out of the shadow until the beautiful chaos starts again (I notice a bad ass electric guitar this time more than before). And so it goes. The eruptions of horns and such tinged with big chamber pop meets prog rock meets baroque pop pushed through a sort of jazz fusion alternative rock is something to behold. I immediately want to see Bellflower live and here more of their album which is named "Upside Down" as well. 

Robb Donker

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