Belle of the Fall is Tracy Walton and Julia Autumn Ford, two Connecticut musicians whose paths twist around a soulful Americana authenticity. The two first met when Walton was tasked with producing Ford's debut solo album back in 2014. They spend a good deal of the following year touring together as solo artists, although they would often find themselves performing in each other's sets. These shared stage experiences led them to find a common musical language, and Belle of the Fall was the result of that dialogue.
Walton plays upright bass and handles some singing duties while Ford plays nylon string guitar and sings. And in their rhythmic conversations, they discover an honest folk-centric simplicity that lies at the heart of their emotional collaborations. They're set to release their sophomore album, "Rise Up," on April 20.
On their new single, the title track from that upcoming record, the duo embrace the stripped down emotionality that their given instruments afford them. Their harmonies rise and entangle, creating a vocal latticework filled with sparkling melodies and Americana rhythms. Some emphatic percussion adds to the track but doesn't overwhelm their twin acoustic evocations -- the song is casual but not lacking in passionate discourse. "Rise Up" isn't subtle about what needs to be done. Sometimes we need to break down the walls around us and raise our fists together to make our own voices heard.