Bells Atlas

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Bells Atlas

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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.

March 05 2019


Date: March 5, 2019
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: $12
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Columbus Theatre

270 Broadway
Providence, RI 02903 United States

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