Published Jan 07, 2021Montreal's Bell Orchestre have announced plans for their first new record in more than a decade. The band's House Music will arrive on March 19 through Erased Tapes/Envision Records.
Following the release of the record's "IX: Nature That's It That's All" and its accompanying short film last fall, the Arcade Fire-adjacent outfit have returned with plans for the 10-track improvisational album, which is being billed as "one long piece."
House Music was birthed by the Bell Orchestre members during two weeks spent distanced, but together, in an old house in isolation. This included Sarah Neufeld helming the lead vocals and violin; Richard Reed Parry on bass and vocals; Pietro Amato on the French horn, keyboards and electronics; Michael Feuerstack on pedal steel guitar, keyboards and vocals; Kaveh Nabatian on trumpet, gongoma, keyboards and vocals; and Stefan Schneider on drums.
In a statement, Parry elaborated on the band's process:
Most of my favourite recordings have some element of an explorative and accidental feeling within the music, a feeling which reflects the truth of musical minds which are partially super focused on specific musical ideas and partially wandering, exploring the musical world surrounding those ideas. I think it's really satisfying as a listener when you can hear a musical mind exploring an idea — not just a musician who has pre-formed an idea and rehearsed it 100 times until it's totally perfect and ironed out. In this recording, every one of the six of us is simultaneously exploring our own ideas, deeply listening to each others' wide open minds and also totally immersed in our own strange and beautiful little internal musical worlds.
The band's return marks their first new album since their 2009 full-length sophomore effort, As Seen Through Windows. That same year, they shared Who Designs Nature's How, a remix EP released through Arts & Crafts.
Today, Bell Orchestre shared a new song from the forthcoming record, alongside its accompanying black-and-white music video. The visuals for "V: Movement" were directed by the band's own Kaveh Nabatian.
Watch the video below, where you can also find the album's tracklisting.
I: Opening II: House
III: Dark Steel
IV: What You're Thinking
VI: All the Time
VII: Colour Fields
VIII: Making Time
IX: Nature That's It That's All