Album Review: Anomie Belle “How Can I Be Sure”

The newest release “How Can I Be Sure” from multi-intrumentalist Anomie Belle is filled with soft-spoken trip-hop and sun-washed electronics. Anomie Belle broke onto the scene in 2008 to rave reviews, opening for a span of different acts including the Album Leaf and Tricky. Anomie Belle is a classically trained violinist, and approaches drums, synths and guitars with similar attention to detail. The 4 track album is looped and layered delicately, swirling soulful vocals together with percussion that carries a moody sadness. These soundscapes don’t bring you down though; the melancholia is light, swiftly fading in and out as you move through the short EP which includes two versions of the single “How Can I Be Sure”, a Postal Service-like remix of Cascade and a spot-on cover of Radiohead’s “Everything in Its Right Place”. How Can I Be Sure will be available March 29th, while a full-length effort is expected to drop Summer 2011 and feature Jon Auer (The Posies, Big Star) and Mr Lif (The Perceptioist, Def Jux).

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