Lili Blessing + The Belle Sounds

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LILI BLESSING
"Blessing rises confidently as her own talent on “Lifeline,” in no one’s shadow."--Peter Blackstock, Austin American Statesman

"Lili Blessing, the daughter of the renowned Sara Hickman, is a stand out among the freshman class of the Austin music scene. Her debut release Lifeline has garnered a lot of respect amongst the Austin elite and has set her on a path parallel to her mother’s, though certainly not in her shadow.

Lifeline is a deeply personal record that runs the gamut in terms of style and energy: it’s folky, it’s soulful, but it also has the energy of youth. She creates a sound that could only come from someone born and raised steeped in the local music tradition." --James Parker, KUTX

“She is like a young Norah Jones or Adele. Seamless transitions into falsetto and powerful dynamic delivery sets this Indie Alternative artist apart from anything I’ve heard.”—Buddy Magazine

It may seem strange that The Belle Sounds were just named one of Austin’s “Best New Bands” by the Austin Chronicle Music Poll for 2016, considering their first record was released in 2013, but it goes to show the continued evolution of this five-piece indie/folk/rock band. In many senses they are just now beginning to discover themselves and the audiences are becoming huge fans of their mystical, unique sound, full of three-part vocal harmonies, haunting guitars, synth/keyboard sounds and a driving rhythm section.


THE BELLE SOUNDS
The actual journey began years ago in San Francisco where husband/wife team and founders of The Belle Sounds, Noëlle Hampton and André Moran met and immediately fell in love. Hampton’s early career was a whirlwind of propulsion and media attention, and with André by her side on electric guitar, they opened for a number of major touring acts (Bob Dylan, Wilco, Chris Isaak etc), saw their songs placed in film and TV, released 3 albums under Noëlle’s name. She appeared in the first iTunes commercial alongside such celebrated songwriters as Iggy Pop, Aimee Mann, Jeff Tweedy and Michael Penn.

"The follow-up to a sensational debut, the new Black Stone EP suggests that the excellence evidenced in that initial outing was no fluke. Helmed by superb songstress Noelle Hampton, the Belle Sounds navigate the difficult divide between seductive folk pop and the sterling accessibility that successfully prevents them from ever becoming too self-absorbed. Despite the fact it’s only five songs long, Black Stone EP is a compelling compendium, further evidence that this band bears watching. Thus, one can only imagine what will come next."- Lee Zimmerman/No Depression
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By: McGonigel's Mucky Duck

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