Oakland five-piece Bells Atlas are willfully defiant when it comes to genre. Not quite rock, not quite pop, not quite traditional r&b. They’ve been described as neo-soul, which doesn’t seem quite right, though frontwoman Sandra Lawson-Ndu definitely uses her voice strategically. Their label calls them a psychedelic R&B band, which is better, though if you’re looking for the next P-Funk this is not the band for that. They’ve also been compared to Tune-Yards, and it’s true that their percussion style does resemble the polyrhythms of that globe-excavating band. The Mystic, Bells Atlas’s forthcoming second album, is being described as “a 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.” Lead single “Belly” is sweet, vulnerable, and pretty catchy. The opener is Kafari, an ambient pianist from Maine.