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BellaCoola – “The Meeting Place”

Coming from South West London comes this Duo with Augustin Eude (guitar, bass and backing vocals) and Luke Pearce (singer and guitar) that combines several genres in their debut album “The Meeting Place”. For the last two years although living majority of the time in different countries it ha been in Summer and Christmas that they get together, jam and record. Simple yet beautiful process that produced these 13 good pieces of work.

No better words than their own to introduce them: 

“Our influences centre around our environment, South West London, with its parks, wetlands and general vibe. This alongside our musical tastes, from the Last Shadow Puppets to Jimi Hendrix, we’re always discovering sounds to show each other. With this album, there’s a variety of sounds, from rock, blues to some folk; we’ve played around with our ideas and what we can produce. “

– Augustin Eude

The first time I crossed ways with BellaCoola was through the song “Mariana” that now settles in the 10th position in their first album order. With “The Meeting Place” they managed to consolidate the EP’s they had previously released earlier in the year and bring together the best a combination of Brit-Pop with Indie Blues with a sweet touch of lofi-garage could be. Closing your eyes while listening to “Will We Forget?” one suddenly is transported to a new perception of Bossa Blues sang by an iconic English voice that surprises as much as amazes. However their best ballad is as well the best demonstration of Luke’s vocal versatility that swings in the whole album from genre to genre ending the album with an homage to Flanagan & Allen a singing and comedy Brit Duo very famous from the times of II World War. 

And if I am a fan of the way they constructed this work is not only due to how brilliantly they ended it is as well as the bold way this album fires up with an “Ode To Charisma” where one can appreciate better Gus’ powerful guitar riffs that just keep slashing through as fine as his back vocals that prove essential in many of their hits like “Young Fogey” where the anticipation of the chorus resembles Arctic Monkeys which soon break into a just spacial blues rock solo. A quite brute and raw Brit Rock statement. Finally a totally different vibe appears singularly in “Life Uber” with a way lighter pop which makes not that much sense to Meet in the same place as a song such as “Krumpelsuitskin”. However I do believe that was the whole point with this first work. Their talent is vast and they do have a broad range of influences to whom they pay beautiful tributes along the thirteen songs of the album. Now is for the fans or for them to decide if their way will be through the consolidation of one of their styles or through its constant mixing blending into a new genre where Blues, Bossa, Brit Rock and Pop and some folk can meet? 

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