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The tissue connecting the many strains of the musical community of Alabama is being created by a group that you might not expect: a winsome pop ensemble known as Belle Adair. But these four gents are at the nexus of so many different projects and sounds from the Yellowhammer State, with some of its members logging time in the Alabama Shakes and the whole group touring as the backing band for singer/songwriter Donnie Fritts. As well, the group helps run Single Lock Records, a label that has released the work of Alabaman heroes like John Paul White (The Civil Wars) and St. Paul and the Broken Bones.
Left to their own devices, Belle Adair goes for a much gentler sound influenced by the work of groups like Big Star and Teenage Fanclub. Their songs breeze by, urged forward by chiming guitar lines and melodies that seep into your skin like lotion. The band’s second album Tuscumbia abounds with that feeling, capped off by some cozy production work captured at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals and Wilco’s The Loft.
Though you won’t be able to get your hands on the full album until January 19th, you can at least get some sense of Belle Adair’s well-crafted songs and the crackling fire of their sound with the premiere of the video for the single “Get Away.” Here’s what the song’s writer, Matt Green, had to say about the tune:
“Get Away” started as a songwriting exercise—my attempt to write a wordless chorus—but it became something else entirely when we began rehearsing for what would become our second record, Tuscumbia. The song came quickly and fully formed, and immediately, it felt like a deep dive into fresh musical territory for the band. We intentionally left my inhalation at the top of the song to communicate that sense of diving in headfirst, no questions asked, and all the attendant excitement and fear of a decision like that. Really, that’s what the song is about: letting go of your anxieties and personal hangups and putting yourself on the line for someone else, regardless of your prospects for success or failure.