Bell X1 – ARMS

Bell X1 just released their seventh studio album, ARMS which was released on July 21 in the United Kingdom. The band has been nominated for a Choice Music Prize for “Irish Album of the Year” along with becoming the trio’s third #1 album on the Irish Album Charts in the past.

This new record consists of nine tracks that have a soft-focus record, but it’s also bittersweet, yet romantic. Their music crafts a unique, and melodic pop sound that reminds you of Coldplay and Radiohead combined. They are also best known for it’s ability of radio-friendly catchy tunes, and has their songs stuck in your head for days.

“The title of ARMS is about the idea that, as the world feels like it’s becoming a harsher place (maybe there’s just more damn noise?),” says singer Paul Noonan. “We seek out the comfort of the familiar and familial…arms.” Every track on this record has a unique sound which you can also hear a difference in them since when they first released music back in 2001 from, “Nether Am I.”

ARMS has produced and recorded by the band in Dublin, Ireland with Tommy McLoughlin from (The Villagers), and Green Keating (Jape). The record was also mixed by Peter Katis (The National, and Jónsi) with Ross Dowling on “Out of Love.”

Overall, we would give this new record, ARMS, five out of five stars.

Bell X1 will also be heading out on a European tour this fall with Tori Amos. Tickets are available now here: If you live in the UK, make sure to purchase their record now at their website!

(Photography credit: Brendan Duffy)

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