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Salt and Soap

by Bells Atlas

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The name SALT AND SOAP is inspired by cleansing rituals and preservation methods. When you're not accustomed to releasing your most personal stories, the idea is to take a moment to prepare for this shift — this new way of being open. Bells Atlas' new EP is a projection, a prayer out, and an invitation to their upcoming album, The Mystic.

Stumbling upon a new process for songwriting, the band took to an unusual method of sampling. Grainy phone recordings of the band's drummer eventually became the bedrock for each song. Coming from a place of spontaneity and sometimes even humor, the aim developed into writing music at once cinematic, personal, and highlighting the casual wizardry of each member: Sandra Lawson-Ndu, Derek Barber, Geneva Harrison, and Doug Stuart. The result is a soulful, lo-fi, alternative r&b musical blend as fully immersive as it is envisioned — welcoming listeners of all stories and rituals.

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released September 21, 2018

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Bells Atlas Oakland, California

Bells Atlas’ latest offering the mystic digs further into their soulful buoyancy to explore both sound and storytelling. The record can be seen as sci-fi fantasy of two first-generation Nigerian American women coming to terms with a mental health diagnosis, and at the same time, a very universal exploration of how we make sense of reality. ... more

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