Brooklyn-based musicians Thomas Servidone and Amelia Bushell have come a long way from making songs in the comfort of their bedrooms to creating music at New York City's iconic Electric Lady Studios. As Belle Mare, the duo builds a sizable and delirious dream-pop roar, with shimmering synths floating alongside throttling guitar riffs and ethereal vocals collecting all these sounds in one amorphous landscape of ecstatic patterns floating among waves of dense euphoria. Since the release of their debut record, "Heaven Forget," back in 2016, they've been touring and refining their particular brew of haunting pop and rock echoes, finding new ways to mine these familiar rhythms and hazy tonalities.
They're gearing up for the release of a new record sometime later this year. And they're currently finishing up work on the as-yet-untitled project and have promised another batch of gorgeously weighted pop-rock delirium. Even with little known about the upcoming album, however, the band has still seen fit to release its first single to give us a glimpse into the heart of this new batch of songs.
"Liars" is drenched in rippling guitar riffs, dreamy vocals and cocooning synths -- it's both an homage to their influences and a ghostly reaffirmation of the possibilities of these sounds. They allow them to burst and billow, erupting in startling fountains of ecstatic melody and riotous emotion. The song is cloaked in a pop mystery, finding shelter and comfort in both its muscular fretwork and the effervescent nature of its origins. It would have been easy to simply allow themselves to ride the tide of dream-pop's ongoing resurgence, but Servidone and Bushell aren't looking for a respite; they want to challenge and confront our expectations regarding the genre and show us that there is still much of the genre that's shrouded in shadow and rhythmic secrecy.