|“Her sultry, smoky vocals combine with her slithery, seductive programming for the perfect balance of sexiness and darkness. Having toured with the likes of electronica stalwarts Tricky and Little Dragon, Anomie Belle is poised to find herself among the most revered names of the genre” – Urb Magazine
When Anomie Belle was ten years old her parents gave her a karaoke machine. She promptly scrapped the pre-set tapes and started multi-track recording her own tunes. That was just the beginning for the young classical violinist. Since those days she has taught herself piano and studied drums, audio engineering, and electronic programming. Not to mention her time spent as a sought-after studio musician, chamber violinist, radio DJ and producer throughout the U.S., Europe, and South America. And now, 9/13/11 marks the official release of Anomie Belle’s stunning sophomore effort, The Crush, featuring guest spots by the incomparable Mr. Lif and Jon Auer (The Posies, Big Star). Anomie Belle is easily one of the busiest women in the business. Since the release of her debut, Sleeping Patterns, in 2008, she has toured and collaborated with the likes of Tricky, The Album Leaf, Little Dragon, and Bajofondo. And she has shared the stage with Bonobo, Phantogram, Kid Koala, Azure Ray, The Heavy, Efterklang, Emily Wells, Sea Wolf, Asobi Seksu, Kimya Dawson, Mirah, and Tristeza–to name just a few. Prior to the release of the full-length album, on 8/15/11 she premiered her first music video for the single, “Inky Drips,” on Baeble:
VIDEO: Anomie Belle – “Inky Drips”
Directed by Bogdan Darev, the video is an enticing pastiche of images melding tattoo ink and naked flesh; the perfect accompaniment to Anomie Belle’s voice that is by turns elfin and sensual, propelled by hip hop beats and keys and the subtle sound of taut violin strings caressed by the bow. Hot on the heels of this delectable teaser, on 8/23 she premiered an MP3 of her four-song EP on Alarm Press, including an edgy rendition of the Bill Withers classic, “Ain’t No Sunshine.” When you’re hot you’re hot:
Call it trip hop, electro pop, or experimental dream pop. Regardless, this young female multi-instrumentalist has established a unique sound that asserts itself through careful layering of rhythm, texture, and harmony while remaining moody and sensual. And though the moniker, Anomie Belle, may speak to the decadent alienation of the American dream, the artist’s actions remain wholly positive, as she takes time to mentor young women in audio recording, electronic music production, and film composition throughout Seattle and Portland.