credit: Emily Sprague
Bellows is the bedroom recording project of Brooklyn songwriter and producer Oliver Kalb. The sound of Bellows is sensory and delicate, subtle and quiet, but erupts with frantic wobbling drums, large orchestral sections and bursts of noise that push the conventions of pop and folk. Started in late 2010 in a bedroom in upstate New York, Bellows has since blossomed from a solo recording experiment into a large-scale rock band, employing the help of friends to bring Kalb's intimate home recordings to life on stage in sweeping, loud, and intense live performances. Bellows has been writing and self-producing records for the better part of the last decade, recording four full length albums and multiple shorter collections of song-a-day projects in the years since their naturalistic 2011 debut As If To Say I Hate Daylight. Bellows' ambitious sophomore album Blue Breath was recorded over the course of three years in several bedrooms across the United States, and was named in Bob Boilen of NPR's Best Albums of 2014 list. 2016's synth-heavy Fist & Palm meditated on the ending of a friendship and was named twice in Stereogum's 100 Best Songs of 2016 list.
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