Nothing but the Truth Beady Belle
- 1Truth Wide Open04:38
- 3Morning, Pt. 1 (Interlude)02:08
- 4Buoy (Interlude)02:11
- 5Sinking Ship04:03
- 6The Animal03:50
- 7Quiet Sounds03:22
- 8Morning, Pt. 2 (Interlude)01:48
- 10Morning Part III (Interlude)01:38
- 11Last Dance04:08
- 13Morning Part IV (Interlude)01:10
- 15Playing with Fire02:58
- 16Flyte (Postlude)00:52
Info for Nothing but the Truth
Beady Belle will release her 9th studio album "Nothing But The Truth". This album marks her 20 years anniversary as the artist Beady Belle.
Beady Belle's music is melodically gripping, harmonically intricate, lyrically intelligent, and underpinned by solid grooves. However, the true glint of that jewel is, as always, the stunning voice of Beady Belle herself.
Soul and R&B have always been close to Beady Belle's heart, and she has always flirted with electronic music. With "Nothing But The Truth" she is fully immersed in these twin worlds.
Beady Belle celebrates the 20 years anniversary by composing, producing, arranging and programming the whole album by herself, just like she did on her debut album "Home".
Having played in over 170 cities in 28 countries across the globe since the early 2000s, Beady Belle's live performances reflect a growth and adaptation, of her artistry as a whole, while each performance sees the continuing development of songs. No two Beady Belle concerts are the same, but at the same time an identifiably "Beady Belle groove" is always present, giving each individual happening a firm but flexible backbone. However, the jewel in this crown is always Beady Belle's luscious voice, plush as velvet, hypnotic and seductive, but capable of soaring and tearing through the atmosphere with powerful intensity, both raw and emotive.
"The live stage is a natural arena for me, and it's also an extension of the creative process," she says. "I don't want the music to remain static, unchanged and unchanging. I don't want to simply 'perform the record' over and over. I want the songs to breathe and grow, to find new ways of retelling themselves to the audience – and to myself!" In live performance, the music is opened wide to allow space for playful improvisation, exploration, experimentation. While the source material is respected, it is also taken in new directions. "I love to take chances with the songs on stage," she smiles. The results of the addition of risk are many and varied, increasing the emotional output here, creating raw energy there, moving from soulful serenity to explosive funk.
The development of Beady Belle has been a continuous process, with explorations of different genres, technologies, themes and subjects, the personal and the universal. The move from fixed band line-up to Beady Belle as solo artist has created a new set of dynamics. The changing line-ups are a catalyst for fresh perspectives on Beady Belle's songs, allowing her to unfold their true potential in new and sometimes unexpected ways, while her voice stamps everything with her unmistakeable identity.
Beady Belle's powerful and captivating songs are performed by a band of hand-picked musicians, each an exemplar of their instruments and capable of weaving their own identity into the musical fabric without artistic compromise. While the members of the live band vary from year to year, tour to tour, the freedom to explore remains the same. With Beady Belle as both leader and figurehead, she revels in the possibilities the band bring to each performance. "This is a band of renowned musicians, each a virtuoso with a clear signature. But most importantly, we work as a unit with a clear direction, swinging the same groove, driving towards a common goal, discovering something new in every song. Anything can happen!"
is one of the freshest new sounds to come out of the left-of-field music underground of Norway. A collaboration between singer Beate Lech and bassist Marius Reksjo, Beady Belle's debut album *Home* is a sensuous mosaic of sound that draws on the vast libraries of jazz, pop, techno, drums n' bass and ambient to reveal the essence of Beate's stunning live performances yet manages to combine it with the deliberate strategies of her creative musicianship.
In 1999 Beate was asked by Bugge Wesseltoft to make a record for Jazzland rec. The company gave her the artistic freedom to make the recording she wanted. As the project progressed, 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'. The original project title 'Beate S. Lech' was abandoned. 'Beady Belle' was formed and the duo worked concretely for one and a half years producing their new record.
'Home' was released all over Europe and also in Japan, Korea and Canada during the summer 2001. Later it was also released in Australia. Beady Belle was given 'European Priority' by Universal International. After the release of the 'Home' album, Beady Belle travelled around the world performing their music.
The work with cd number 2 started the spring 2002 and was named 'CEWBEAGAPPIC' – the title was an attempt at describing Beady Belle’s music (Complex + Easy, White + Black, Electronic + Acoustic, Groovy + Ambient, Played + Programmed, Improvised + Composed).
Beady Belle’s third album, 'Closer', was released in 2005. Beate and Marius set off to fine-tune their creative output. Beate says, "We've tried to make an album that’s closer to the listener, for the most part taking away embellishments and emphasizing the essence of the music. The strings don’t have the purpose of being lushly arranged harmonies, but serve to bring the musical theme into the foreground. Even the sound of the strings are sharper, clearer. And one can hear the breath of the musicians."
In the three years since the 'Closer' release, the members of the band went through a number of changes. Perhaps the most personal being Beate becoming a mother, which influenced the direction of the newest album. Another big change was the addition of new band member, drummer Erik Holm.
Beady Belle have enjoyed the support and encouragement of some big international artists. In 2005 they performed as Jamie Cullum’s supporting act on a tour, and in 2006 they collaborated with India Arie on the funky duet 'Self-fulfilling' to be found on Beady Belle’s fourth album 'Belvedere'. The first single from that album was 'Intermission music' featuring Jamie Cullum.
After the release of this album, the band has toured many places in Europe and America, but the new thing is that thay also played all over Norway! Finally Beady Belle got a big Norwegian audience as well.
Beady Belle’s fifth album 'At Welding Bridge' was released September 2010. This album is a synthesis - or a welding - between the first three albums - on the one hand - and the fourth album - on the other. The majority of 'At Welding Bridge' takes many of the musical conventions of country music, sets up expectation of the predictable country course, only to jump sideways into a purely urban cool jazz style, or have that vibe dissipate in a smoky haze of smooth soul cool.
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. To compare this album with 'Home', it is easy to hear just how much ground they have covered in just 9 years. Just like its predecessors, 'At Welding Bridge' is shot through with genuine warmth, heart, and - yes! - soul. Pure soul! (Source: scandinaviansoul.com)
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