Belle Brigade

The Belle Brigade

by The Belle Brigade
     
 
In L.A.'s pop music scene, the influence of Fleetwood Mac is rarely more than a vocal harmony away. It's uncommonly (but not offensively) close on Belle Brigade's debut, a collection of sunny pop songs that take their cues from the "California sound" of yesteryear. Fronted by the brother/sister combo

Overview

In L.A.'s pop music scene, the influence of Fleetwood Mac is rarely more than a vocal harmony away. It's uncommonly (but not offensively) close on Belle Brigade's debut, a collection of sunny pop songs that take their cues from the "California sound" of yesteryear. Fronted by the brother/sister combo Ethan and Barbara Gruska, the group blows through 11 tunes in an economical 39 minutes, evoking everyone from CSNY to Linda Ronstadt along the way. The siblings harmonize the way family members often do, flanking each other's melodies during the verses and double-tracking their voices into thick chords during the choruses. With help from a rotating roster of backup musicians -- mostly Barbara's cohorts from her days as a touring drummer for Inara George and Jenny Lewis -- the siblings cast a wide net, riding a country-rock groove on "My Goodness" and resurrecting the breezy charm of Rumours-era Lindsey Buckingham on "Where Not to Look for Freedom" before drifting into the Los Angeles smog with the album's hazy closer, "Fasten You to Me." Like Jenny and Johnny, another SoCal harmony duo, they rarely sing without the other person's help, and this pastoral pop record sparkles whenever the two lock together in close harmony.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2011
Label:
Reprise / Wea
UPC:
0093624966388
catalogNumber:
524115
Rank:
197883

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Belle Brigade   Primary Artist
Matthew Wilder   Vocals
Mike Finnigan   Hammond B3
Barbara Gruska   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Hand Clapping
Aaron Arntz   Piano,Accordion,Hand Clapping
Luke Reynolds   Pedal Steel Guitar
Blake Mills   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Bram Inscore   Bass,Cello,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Hand Clapping,Upright Bass,Wurlitzer
Hollywood String Quartet   Strings
Denis Jiron   Bass Trombone
Spencer Ludwig   Flugelhorn
Ethan Gruska   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Glockenspiel,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Ben McIntosh   Euphonium

Technical Credits

Matthew Wilder   Producer,Orchestral Arrangements
Paul Buckmaster   String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements
Barbara Gruska   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements
Csaba Petocz   Engineer
Stephen Walker   Art Direction
Ellen Wakayama   Art Direction
Xavier Ramos   Marketing
Bram Inscore   String Arrangements,Cello Arrangement
Belle Brigade   Producer
Ethan Gruska   Composer,Orchestral Arrangements

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