Brooklyn Duo, Belle Mare, Drop Buzzy Alt-Pop Single "Liars"
Back in 2012, a London chanteuse met a New York musician in a Brooklyn bar. Flash forward six years... Amelia Bushell and Thomas Servidone are still going strong as genre-bending duo Belle-Mare. With two albums and several singles under their belts, the band have been graciously putting out folk and dream-pop gems for a few years now. They're back with "Liars," a ripping, hazy anthem.
"Liars" opens with Amelia's smooth, stirring voice cruising along a simple percussive line before heavier surf-rock rhythms make an appearance, powered beneath dreamy falsetto. Every once in a while, mellow vocals give way to neon synth beats and roaring guitar melodies, crafting a rich, robust soundscape which buzzes and fizzes with sonic intricacies. The combination of Amelia's warm, nonchalant vocals and the electric treatment of guitar, synth, and percussion is sumptuous, but perhaps the most remarkable component of "Liars" is the duo's mix-and-match approach. Borrowing candied vocal tones from fellow songstresses like Sharon Van Etten, hazy dream-pop arrangements akin to Miya Folick, and garage-rock moments you've heard from all your favorite indie bands, Belle Mare still manage to concoct a sound and style entirely their own. "Liars" is a whirlwind and Belle Mare pushed us into it. We're not even mad.
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