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Belle Tower


Belle Tower releases new EP tend to

Belle Tower is the lo-fi indie folk rock project of Tiohtià:ke/Montreal + Xwilkway/Halfmoon Bay based artist Isabella Harned. Belle Tower writes songs about growth whose lyrical content reflects the heavy processes of pain and healing, but the ethereal vocals, dreamy guitar lines, and layered instrumentation deliver songs that have a certain sonic lightness to them.

With contributions from main collaborators Ben Robertson (Winona Forever, Schwey), Scott Boudreau (Mauno), and strings from Audreanne Fillion (Lovelet, Crusssh), Belle Tower showcases ethereal vocals, dreamy guitar lines, and varied layered instrumentation resounding a sonic lightness in the brand new EP ‘tend to’, out now!

“She Moves in Phases” was a last minute addition to my EP, tend to, out April 27th, a dreamy lofi cosmic folk world inside my head. I finished writing it the night before my last studio session with producer Ben Robertson (Winona Forever, Schwey) and collaborator Scott Boudreau (Mauno), recorded it in one take and promptly had a quiet cathartic cry. The song grew into something much more after adding acoustic guitar, cello and drum layers to the rest of the instrumentation.

I hope that people, especially those who identify as queer, feel held by this song. Be gentle with yourself, no matter where you’re at in your process.

The biggest lesson I have carried with me over this past year is to honour every moment, to slow down and rest. The imagery that comes to mind when listening is ethereal, a cosmic moon in its many lunar phases shining over a night sky, floating in harmony with the stars. This is visualized in both the music video by London based filmmaker, Olivia Du Vergier, and single art by Montreal based multimedia artist Erica Hart, inspired by moon diagrams from old alchemy and astrology books.

Press Photo by Madeleine Keane

Belle Tower – She Moves in Phases

Belle Tower – Small

Belle Tower – The Garden

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