Bell Orchestre – The Upwards March

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First a little background on this Montreal collective. They take their lead from Arcade Fire members Richard Reed Parry and violinist Sarah Neufeld. Their astonishing album ‘Recording A Tape the Colour of the Light’ was recorded simultaneously with ‘Funeral’ and despite no meaningful musical comparisons apart from the creative souls contained within it matches its better-known contemporary for its vast range. In the process Bell Orchestre created the worlds first post-classical masterpiece, an album to grow old with. ‘The Upwards March’ is one of the many standouts. It is a particularly emotional piece building incrementally to a point where you expect the Ark of the Covenant to be opened before your very eyes. It is the soundtrack to an inspirational movie not yet made about a boy who learns he can fly, but it exists perfectly without the visuals. It presents a New Order intro with a Velvet Underground sense of strings on the verge of losing their minds. Think Godspeed You Black Emperor! with their ‘lets stop faffing about’ hats on. For once its seems, gravity rides everything. KD

Bell Orchestre – The Upwards March

More Info: Official & Myspace
Buy Album: [UK] Recording a Tape the Colour of the Light [US] Recording a Tape the Colour of the Light
Year: 2005

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