First New Full-Length Album In Over 20 Years / Call To Confirm Colored Copies Are Still Available
Dream-rock band Belly blazed a bright trail in the '90s, releasing two albums full of taut, yet wondrous music that was memorable for its rumbling bass lines and insistent drumming as it was for its glittering riffs and airy vocals. Long awaited new album Dove, their first full-length studio effort since 1995's King, was recorded with Paul Q. Kolderie and places Belly back on that trail, bridging the gaps between reverbed-out bliss and spaghetti-western drone and muscular, hook-forward pop.
The idea of a Belly reunion gained serious traction a few years ago. "We had just gotten to the point where we were just missing each other, and missing the music," says vocalist-guitarist Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, The Breeders). "The music I've been doing in the past several years has been very collaborative, which made me kind of homesick for Belly; I missed that sense of having a band." Early rehearsals showed that Belly was still very much a unit, the years falling away as the quartet went to work on older material.
Eventually, though, the band's members, who had collaborated sporadically in the interim, got the itch to bring new songs into their set as a curveball for listeners – and for themselves, too. Belly previewed some of their new songs, including the prowling "Army of Clay" and the folk-tinged "Human Child," at their early reunion dates to effusive audiences. Further songwriting blossomed into Dove, a dozen songs that nod to past glories while also showcasing the four members' growth as songwriters and musicians, adding dramatic flourishes like strings and vibed-out guitars to the group's already widescreen sound.