Bellflur – Last Quarter of the 20th Century Blues

Bellflur - Last Quarter of the 20th Century Blues

Bellflur - Last Quarter of the 20th Century Blues

As a prelude to the Winter 2010 release of their sophomore LP asleep.asleep., DC-based alternative rock quartet Bellflur have enticed us with a 5-song EP that’s a clever and diverse mix of post-rock, neo-prog and indie-rock.

Armed with an artful attitude and a kitchen sink full of musical tastes, the 5 tracks on Last Quarter of the 20th Century Blues embody a daring and multi-dimensional sound that draws comparisons to the likes of Thee More Shallows, Lake Trout, Radiohead and The Cubists, but with adventurous inspirations and experimental processes they can call their own.

The punchy and textured guitar-rock and angular chord changes are combined with a sense of melody, while the artists experiment with different sounds and effects, actively exploring new territory while staying true to the music their sound evolved from. It’s the sense of melody, the rhythmic pulses of the percussion and the spacey atmospherics that immediately intrigue and lure the listener. And, since the band are as comfortable in exploring the outer limits of space rock as they are in rocking out with odd time signatures, the deserved repeated plays reveals a dynamic EP of experimental alternative rock that makes for a promising appetizer to the full meal expected in early 2010.