With a Blood Orange-esque intro on Bring Me a Fire King, it is easy to see why they have been nominated for “Irish Album of the Year” in the Choice Music Awards for the fourth time in as many albums.
Alongside this honour, Bell X1 will be supporting the legendary Tori Amos through the UK in September. It will certainly be interesting to see how the band perform ARMS in a live surrounding as it is such a well crafted, elegant release. There are hints of indie-pop, a lick of groove and a touch of country across nine tracks.
Piano led, gentler tracks such as Take Your Sweet Time give a mellow vibe to the record that allow you to just sit back and appreciate the delicate precision and time that has been put into ARMS.
Coalface closes their seventh full-length and it is a jaggedy, toe-tapping four-and-a-half-minute ballad. With a hint of Passenger or Will Varley, it is unfortunate that Coalface ends the record because it leaves you wanting more.
Maybe not your usual go-to when it comes to looking for something different, but Bell X1 are definitely worth dabbling in.
ARMS IS RELEASED JULY 21 – ORDER HERE