Bell X1’s new album a pleasure

Bell X1 (L-R): Dominic Philips,Paul Noonan, David Geraghty (Photo by Johnny Savage)

Bell X1 (L-R): Dominic Philips, Paul Noonan and David Geraghty (Photo by Johnny Savage)

Ireland’s Bell X1 is about to release its seventh album, “ARMS,” following the band’s 2013 critically acclaimed album “Chop Chop,” which became the trio’s third No.1 album on the Irish Album Charts and their fourth consecutive album to be nominated for a Choice Music Prize for “Irish Album of the Year.”

“The title “ARMS” is about the idea that, as the world feels like it’s becoming a harsher place (maybe there’s just more damn noise?),” says singer Paul Noonan. “We seek out the comfort of the familiar and familial … arms.”

Noonan has an all-in-one Sting/Chris Martin/Peter Gabriel approach to his vocal delivery — with melodies pleasant, at times hypnotic. “Bring Me a Fire King” is certainly a track to tag on the album. It has the easiness of a hit, yet playful enough to be unpredictable.

“I Go Where You Go” is another song with a smooth swing, big bass and nice instrumental accents — it has classic Coldplay/Peter Gabriel all over it.

Bell X1 Cover Art-smallIn fact, The band has a fan in Peter Gabriel. “ARMS” was just announced by curator Peter Gabriel as (the subscription service) Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound’s August release, and Gabriel tweeted about it.

Bell X1 recognizes that the creative process is a challenge but they are pleased with the outcome of “ARMS” as well:

“This has been the most difficult record we’ve made, in terms of feeling like it was good enough to share, to let it go and no longer be just ours. That we’d made something different to what’s come before” says Noonan. “I know we’ve been crazed with doubt, occasional bum steers and misguided conviction along the way and we say thank you to those who’ve calmed the waters…”

Go to bellx1.com for more information.

About Patrick Prince

Patrick Prince is the Editor of Goldmine

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