isbells make pretty, lushly vocaled folk music

There’s not that’s gotten me out of my music blogging hibernation, but on a tip from Slowcoustic, I checked out the Belgian band Isbells (myspace).

Their self-titled album from 2009 struck me immediately. Fairly simple acoustic songs with lush vocals, often in falsetto ala Bon Iver, dominate the album. (But I think it would be a mistake to dismiss this band as a Bon Iver knock-off.) The songs are melancholy and beautiful, filled with yearning.

While the album isn’t perfect–there are a couple weaker songs–and it sits as much as a collection of songs as an album, it’s still very much worth getting and listening to, perhaps on your ipod as you walk through streets as it rains, clearing your head and sorting out your own yearnings.

Isbells – As Long as It Takes (mp3)

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Isbells – Reunite (mp3)

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You can get the album from amazon mp3 or get the CD from Belgium.



2 Responses to “isbells make pretty, lushly vocaled folk music”

  1. Smansmith says:

    I really like this album and it was squeaked in my top 10 for the year – glad you like it too!

  2. [...] was remembering how much I love the self titled album from Isbells after Adrian did a post on the album the other day over on I Pick My Nose.  Stand by this album – a total great listen and [...]

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