Belgian folk darlings Isbells will finally see their music released in the U.S. with Stoalin’, a 10-song set that embodies the band’s organic, introspective and wistful folk rock. Due out digitally on March 26 (Roll Call Records), the album marks the band’s first full-length release in the U.S. following a successful career in Europe that includes a certified Gold record in their home of Belgium.
Last fall, Isbells teased American audiences with a 4-song EP titled Heading For The Newborn, which FILTER proclaimed “chock-full of expert guitar playing and gorgeous harmonies.” The band has just released a video for “Heading for the Newborn” which you can watch & embed here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=J91B4UoLbzU&hd=1
Isbells, at least in the studio, is the brainchild of Gaëtan Vandewoude. He wrote and recorded most of the record in a shed next to his house in the Belgian countryside. Sticking to the “less is more” aesthetic that characterizes his music, Vandewoude builds on lush vocal harmonies with light touches of banjo, organ, and trumpet alongside various types of percussion.
Vandewoude’s live performances are enhanced by the addition of three other musicians and a wide array of instruments that expand beyond just a guitar and bass to include a xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphonette, mandolin, banjo, lapsteel, ukulele, synths and more. The live band includes Chantal Acda, Christophe Vandewoude and Gianni Marzo, and in the last 18 months alone, Isbells have played over 150 gigs, wowing audiences throughout Europe, Australia, China and Japan, and at prestigious festivals like EuroSonic in the Netherlands or The Great Escape in the U.K.