Film by Nicole Mackinlay-Hahn
Directed by Nicole Mackinlay-Hahn, the video features footage shot last spring in the African nation of Burkina Faso. The collaboration came about when Mackinlay-Hahn was introduced to Belle Mare’s music via producers Tom Elmhirst and Ben Baptie at Electric Lady Studios, where Belle Mare recorded. The result is, “a striking, sun-soaked visual collage of the landscapes, traditions and women that make up Burkina Faso’s notably progressive culture,” says T:Magazine.
From their humble beginnings recording songs in the confines of a bedroom in Brooklyn, to the expansive sounds produced at the famed Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan, Belle Mare have maintained their stark minimalism in conjunction with the sincerity and fragility of singer Amelia Bushell’s voice.
The duo, consisting of Thomas Servidone and Amelia Bushell, met at the now defunct Bar 4 in Park Slope in 2012. Beginning with their EP, The Boat of the Fragile Mind, a collection of eight songs described as “spaciously eerie” by SPIN, the duo went on to record their first full length album Heaven Forget, released in the fall of 2016. The album featured the singles, Cicada, which BULLETT called, “the most beautiful song of the month,” and “Dark Of My Evening”, a ‘Track of the Week’ at Interview Magazine. In addition, Belle Mare collaborated with director Nicole Mackinlay Hahn on the video for Cicada, which premiered via The New York Times’ T Magazine, chronicling a stunning journey of the women of Burkina Faso.
Belle Mare are currently finishing their forthcoming and as yet untitled release, the first fruit of which is the lead single Liars, which showcases the bands vast dynamic range, a hallmark of their live set.