Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this afternoon’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we’re going to be delving into Belle of the Fall, a passionate singer songwriter duo with particularly lovely chemistry. Tracy Walton and Julia Autumn Ford, two multi-instrumentalists with broad repertoires, band together in this endeavor to create folksy, but abundantly contemporary music. Let’s explore a few of their new singles off their new album, ‘Earthbound,’ which debuted in March.
Belle of the Fall’s sharp lyrical style combines country folk musings with harmonious tinges of pop writing. One of the lead singles off the new album, ‘Many Worlds Collide,’ exemplifies the duo’s stylistic direction. Walton and Ford croon is spectacularly elegant harmony, accentuating each other’s vocal performances with perfection. Lyrically and vocally, ‘Many Worlds Collide’ sounds like a song written by and for the Everly Brothers.
‘Many Worlds Collide’ has instrumentation that’s wholly acoustic - upright bass, sparse acoustic guitar, and a fleeting, but nevertheless stunning violin all occupy the soundscape the two performers have crafted. I adore that there isn’t actually any percussion; it gives the cut a very intimate feeling. In a contemporary context, it’s probably most similar to Jack Johnson or the Civil Wars.
‘Greatest Day’ is a fantastic single to accent ‘Many Worlds Collide’ due to its drastically different tone. ‘Many World Collide’ is a ballad that feels intensely intimate. ‘Greatest Day’ is more upbeat and poppy. (Hence the peppy percussion and section of whistling.) The track is everything it needs to be. It’s not deeply insightful or thought-provoking, but it doesn’t masquerade as songwriting that wants you to think it is. It’s a two minute jam through good feelings, one that’s so adamant in its convictions that you can’t help but absolutely love it.
Belle of the Fall has done a very special thing - they’ve taken a style of music that I typically find derivative and infused it with an unbelievable amount of personality. Their chemistry as a duo is infectiously fun and immediately apparent. Thus, I’d argue they’re one of the most compelling two piece outfits in the indie scene right now. Belle of the Fall is worth checking out, and you can do so on their Band Camp below.