Beady Belle (Norway) at The Blue Frog, Mumbai

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  • Date / Time: 10/09/2013 : 10:00 PM
  • Location: The Blue Frog
  • Address: The Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mills compound,Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel West,Mumbai,Maharashtra,India

In 1999 Beate was asked by Bugge Wesseltoft to make a record for Jazzland Records. The company gave her the artistic freedom to make the recording she wanted. As the project progressed, soon-to-be partner Marius began to help out. He took care of the groove elements while Beate composed the melodies, harmonies and lyrics, with some exceptions both ways. The product of this work, done in their private surroundings, would be entitled “Home”.

“Beady Belle” was formed and the duo worked concretely for one and a half years producing their new record. After the release of the “Home” album, Beady Belle traveled around the world performing. Beady Belle has, more or less, been on tour since their first release in 2001. The work with CD number 2, “cewbeagappic” started the spring 2002 with a lot of help from many good musicians.

Beady Belle’s third album, “Closer”, was released in 2005. In the three years since the “Closer” release, the members of the band went through a number of changes including the addition of new band member – drummer, Erik Holm. They have toured with UK performer Jamie Cullum and have collaborated on a duet with India Arie on their fourth album.

From 2008 – change of style – finally a Norwegian breakthrough “Belvedere” was Beady Belle’s fourth album. Released in February 2008. This album was leading the group into a smoother, more soulful and at times almost “Nashville”-flavoured textural landscape. After the release of this album, the band toured Europe and America, also all over Norway.

Beady Belle’s fifth album “At Welding Bridge” was released September 2010. This album is a synthesis between the first four albums. Beady Belle have never been purists: The stylistic juxtapositions are done with aplomb, never feeling bolted together, but instead are seamlessly blended, moving confidently across different genres. The standard country instrumentation, particularly the guitars, shares a common ancestry with the LA sound of the seventies, while the more C&W arrangements echo Ennio Morricone’s approach to the genre (“Walk on Air”, “Apple (Interlude)”).

Beady Belle’s approach has been one of steadfast commitment to their sound, gradually evolving, coaxing new elements to blossom that had previously only been hinted at, augmenting it with new elements, creating a consistently strong body of music, each step more confident than the last.

 

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