Tuesday, May 7th: BELLS ATLAS
Self-termed "kaleidosonic soul punch" band Bells Atlas is a 4 piece band from Oakland, California. Bells Atlas is not rooted in one particular genre; they synthesize aspects of Afrobeat, contemporary jazz and folk, indie rock, downtempo electronic music, and even dub reggae.
They have supported a number of international artists and shared the stage with acts such as Hiatus Kaiyote, Badbadnotgood, Bilal, Meshell Ndegeocello, W. Kamau Bell, Angélique Kidjo and more. They have also been making a name for themselves nationally as the touring band for NPR’s Snap Judgment since 2016, and recently wrapped up a sold-out tour supporting Bermuda Triangle, side-project of Alabama Shakes lead singer Brittany Howard.
Their self-titled debut appeared in 2013, and was followed by “Hyperlust,” a four-track EP in 2015.
Bells Atlas’ latest offering "the mystic" digs further into their soulful buoyancy to explore both sound and storytelling. The record can be seen as sci-fi fantasy of two first-generation Nigerian American women coming to terms with a mental health diagnosis, and at the same time, a very universal exploration of how we make sense of reality
“The Mystic” was recently added to WYCE’s MusicLibrary.