dreamy-voiced misty melodies from a collector of instruments and weaver of songs
A compelling live performer who appears to be permanently on-tour, the music of multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer Bell Lungs encompasses influences from free improvisation, psychedelia, jazz, noise, drone, ambient and folk to create a nuanced sound world that draws on natural cycles, environmental disaster and the microcosmic aspects of relationships.
Her kaleidoscopic vocals were deemed “elemental” by cult arts critic David Keenan of The Wire, and her music described as “genius…or as pretty damned close to that elusive quality that you can get without having yet passed the test of time…” by Terrascope.
She has appeared on BBC Radio 6 (Stuart Maconie’s Freakzone, 2018), BBC Radio 3 (Late Junction, 2017) and BBC Radio 4 (“Master Rock”, 2015), and performed at Supernormal (2019), Copenhagen Jazz Festival (2019), Camp Elsewhere (2019), Doune the Rabbit Hole (2019), Manchester Folk Horror Festival (2019), Fort Process (2018), Swansea International Festival (2018) and Edinburgh Art Festival (2017).
“Wolves Behind Us” (8” lathe cut) came out in February 2019. Previous physical output includes “Phosphodendrophobia” (cassette tape, September 2018) and “Mosul Dam” (lathe cut, March 2017). A new LP is slated for release in March 2020. Previously unreleased tracks “Music for Jellyfish” and “Petiole Fragment” recently appeared in autumn 2019 on cassette compilations released in UK and Austria.
Bell Lungs also composes for theatre, spoken word and dance, working with the likes of poet Lisa Fannen (“Blood Test“), German dance company Tatraum Projekte Schmidt (“KLAR. oder die performativ-poetische suche nach schrodingers katze” Edinburgh 2019 and “ERSTENS.) oder dimensionen der gemengelage”, Dusseldorf 2019), Edinburgh-based multicultural company Anahat Theatre (“Instructions on How to Cry”, Edinburgh International Science Festival 2019), poet Juana Adcock (“Serpent Dialogues” Edinburgh Art Festival 2017), microbiologist Dr Clare Taylor (“Listeria Hysteria”, 2017), dancer Suzi Cunningham (“Find and Seek”, part of UNKENNY, place+platform/Edinburgh Art Festival 2019), poet Katy Hastie (“Frost Pocket”, part of Victoria Crowe: 50 Years of Painting, ARTLATE/Edinburgh Art Festival 2019) and performance artist Bobby Sayers (“The Faceless Enemy of Me, Sits in the Squares”, Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2018).
A passionate community musician who has worked for a number of music charities, art galleries and youth projects, Bell Lungs is also available to facilitate workshops on free improvisation, songwriting and analogue music technology.
Bell Lungs plays acoustic violin, assorted sound-makers and vocalises in Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra.
“Eerie doesn’t even begin to cover the troubling, gravity-defying improvisations of Bell Lungs. Like a banshee spirit raiding some crypto-zoological toy box, she sounds like a madness-inducing glimpse of some impossible plane of reality.” – God Is In The TV
“…genius this may be, or as pretty damned close to that elusive quality that you can get without yet having passed the test of time.” – Terrascope
“…like an incursion on an Irish wake by someone fixing bad transistor radio wiring.” – Nightshift
…a musician who takes the less worn road…” – The Herald
“a captivating and meditative experience that certainly stands out from the pack” – Small Music Scene
“disarming and demurring… quite something” – The Sunday Experience
“…her vocal delivery steps between ornamental trad-folk crenellations, feathery ambient warbles and horrific screams. You can never quite tell whether she’s going to lull you or scare you, but you know she cares about what she’s ferrying across to you.” – Misfit City
“…a deeply lovely drift through the cosmos, vaulting vocal incantations, bringing an urgency and focus that steers into the beyond.” – Stewart Smith, The List
“…vocal harmonies scattering a dreamlike layer over a built soundscape of darker sounds, weaving many different elements into her tracks” – The Fountain
“a truly remarkable voice, like cut quartz” – Rave Child
“sweetly off-kilter and bucolic” – Exeunt Magazine