Boomkat Product Review:
This debut album by North Carolinan outfit Bellafea took two years to record, and yet the band's sound could hardly be further from anything you could term as overwrought or overproduced. The band are capable of reaching the rawest, most jagged edges of all-out rock, but are equally comfortable dismantling their sound to an eerie stillness. Vocalist Heather McEntire stands out as a superbly articulate and multifaceted performer, whether howling her way through opener 'Depart (I Never Knew You)', or settling into a breathy calm on 'Thornbird II', she's a real show-stealer - possibly her best work comes during the bare-boned and downright spooky 'Telling The Hour', which finds her in truly arresting form. The band have friends in high places too: a number of US indie's foremost supporting players show up to assist, including Daniel Hart (who's previously worked alongside St. Vincent, John Vanderslice and Polyphonic Spree) and head Mountain Goat John Darnielle, whose presence should give some indication of Bellafea's calibre.