Alnum review: Slow Dancing on the Ocean Floor by Bella Koshka

Album Name: Slow Dancing on the Ocean Floor
Artist: Bella Koshka
Year/Label: 2008 / Independent
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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Bella Koskha play a violin-laced dreamy music topped with Laura Boland’s gorgeous vocals. Relic suggests the Decemberists making friends with Kate Bush, all hissing vocals and expansive sound.

Fiction sees a metaphor of fiction imitating life or vice versa stretched to encompass the words:

Writing her dreamy day
the story’s empty page
by chapter eight
the words are always blank
pages are missing…

Coma sees the band playing in a sumptuous style, Hilary Davis’ violin taking charge. Boland’s dreamy meander is icing on the cake.

Stitches is a sweet piano ballad that has subtly poetic lyrics and Boland sounding lovely.

This is a wonderful record.

Amy’s Note: I realized while putting this page together that this band is local, to me, here in Minneapolis! I may have to check them out! Thanks Anna Maria!!

Posted on April 18, 2008

Track Listing
Listen to track samples while you read
1 Compass
2 Relic
3 Fiction
4 Paint the Sky
5 Coma
6 Replicant
7 Home
8 Echo
9 Treasure
10 Stitches
11 Anchor

[Bella Koskha Official Site]


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