The Bell Orchestre

Album Title: Recording a Tape the Colour of Light
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Genre: Instrumental
If there's one thing everyone and their mother knows about the Bell Orchestre, it's that they share members with the Arcade Fire. It's pretty much impossible not to mention that, and yet it really has nothing to do with the Bell Orchestre and its music. Sure, both bands have entered the global consciousness from somewhere left of field, but Recording a Tape the Colour of Light proves they are two different beasts.

It's almost too easy to assume that purely instrumental music is best heard live, but in the case of the Bell Orchestre, there's something much more appealing about their sound when it's glued down to wax. There's no chance of "Throw It on a Fire" (a stand-out) morphing into 20-minute extended version, or of the instrumentalists going off into their own little worlds leaving the "unified band sound" somewhere in the dirt. It's rather comforting to be able to listen and learn every nuance.

Not having a musical background that's solid enough to stand on when it comes to keys and tempos and modes and modulations, it would just be stupid to try and judge Recording a Tape on that level. All I know is that it's kind of a trip to listen to the thing the whole way through, with classical and rock and country and general craziness melding into whimsy. But at the end of the day, I'd still rather be listening to Led Zep.

Writer: Jaclyn Arndt

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