Olga Bell Tempo on 180g LP + Download
Born in Moscow and raised in Alaska, Olga Bell is an American composer, producer and performer now based in Brooklyn, NY. A prodigious classical pianist as a child and teenager, Bell graduated from the New England Conservatory at age 21 before moving to New York City to pursue electronic composition and songwriting. Bell's new album Tempo will be issued in May 2016 via One Little Indian.
"This record is first for the body, then for the mind," says Bell, who began writing the album immediately after seeing the film Paris Is Burning. "I started every song by thinking about tempo specifically, listening to the metronome alone, feeling its relation to my body, to the pace of the day, the weather, the light. On fast days I listened to club music, most of it at least twenty years old, and on slow days I turned turned to early West Coast hip-hop and Portishead because of how physically charged and compelling these records feel despite their low BPM."
The highly anticipated LP follows the October 2015 release of Incitation, a 5-track EP described by Nowness as "a perfect platform for Bell's remarkable voice, mirroring the unflinching, self-analyzing lyrics." Pitchfork went on to praise Bell's "muscular" sound and "knack for arrangements that are simultaneously refined and overwhelming," while The New York Times lauded her "forthright, supple melodies to hold everything together, and a voice – creamy, vibrant, sensual – that makes all her conundrums startlingly immediate."