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    Beady Belle

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Closer lyrics
    2Airing lyrics
    3On The Ground lyrics
    4Lose & Win lyrics
    5Wounded Pride lyrics
    6Irony lyrics
    7One And Only lyrics
    8When My Anger Starts To Cry lyrics
    9Never Mind lyrics
    10Goldilocks lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Closer [2004]
    2Home [2001]
    3Cricklewood Broadway
    4Belvedere [2008]
    5Cewbeagappic [2002]


    Beady Belle - a result of collaboration between singer Beate S. Lech and bassist Marius Reksjø who are working together since they were music students in Oslo - is one of the freshest new sounds to come out of the left-of-field music underground of Norway. Beate's voice and dynamic live performances have long been one of the sensations of the Norwegian underground. After graduating from the Norwegian State Academy of Music, she sung with the trip-hop band "Folk & Rovere" recording for Universal in Norway, performed with "Insert Coin" and was lead singer in the jazz project 'Metropolitan' (Sony). She has also collaborated with Bugge Wesseltoft, the famous norvegian guitarist Jon Eberson ("Dreams that went astray") and the Brazz Brothers. Marius studied music at the University in Oslo and was bassist for "Insert Coin" before joining Eivind Aarset's "Électronique Noir" band ("Light Extracts", 2001). He has also performed and recorded with Bugge Wesseltoft ("Moving", 2001), The Savage Rose, the norwegian songwriter/singer Jan Eggum and Bobby Hughes Combination ("Nhu Golden Era", 2002). In 1999 Beate was asked by Bugge Wesseltoft to make a record for Jazzland rec. He gave her freedom to make the record she wanted. Beate ment that the best way to really make a record of her own, was to make it completely by her self; composing, arranging, text writing, programming, recording and producing. Since she had a studio at home, she would do as much as possible there, on her own Macintosh computer. After a while Marius contributed more to the creation of the record. Dividing up the labour, Marius took care of the groove elements and Beate was in charge of the melodies, harmonies and lyrics, with some exceptions both ways. Since the work was done in private surroundings, the record was entitled "Home". Most of the recordings were done in Beate's 6 meters flat in Oslo except for the strings, vibraphone and drums, which were done in 'Bugge's room'.

    Because of the co-operation between Beate and Marius, the project name "Beate S. Lech" was abandoned and they decided to give it another name. "I came up with Beady Belle", says Beate, "I think it sounds like the name of something beautiful, it's feminine which is why it has now become my stage name as well as the name of the duo project." The transparent quality of Beate's lyrics and the architecture of the songs driven by her haunting voice dovetail neatly with Marius' unique rhythmic grooves and harmonic shading. Home" is a sensuous mosaic of sound that draws on the vast libraries of jazz, pop, techno, d&b and ambient. Like all the best music, "Home" has a spaciousness that opens doors in the mind for audiences to find something new. "To get an idea of what the record is about try 'Loose and Win' and 'Mobile Bubble'", says Beate. "They've got this cool feeling, soulful and funky with a kind of melancholic atmosphere I like." 'Ghosts' - the first track on "Home" - was released as an advance promotional single for the album, and was instantly playlisted by Norway's NRK P3 Radio for several weeks. "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 got "European Priority" by Universal International. "I try and lift songs to an ecstatic maximum," says Beate, "so that when the beat is pumping neither the band nor the audience can stand still, they just have to move to the music, dance. Then I just fly over the top with the melody. When I perform live we loosen up the songs, more jazzy perhaps, decide on the spot when to play the verse or the chorus, we feel free to lift the songs or moderate the songs where it feels natural. My role is more than that of a vocalist, I like to participate in the progress of the songs." In April 2003, Beady Belle will be featured in the new concert series "Visons of Jazz". Beady Belle's next album is scheduled for springtime 2003 distributed by Universal.

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