A warning: There’s about to be a bit of attitude here. Please bear with your Austin Music Minute maven.
First and foremost, there is no denying singer-songwriter Andrew Belle‘s talent. The beauty of his music stands out. But if you’re not familiar with current television programming, including a couple of so-called “reality” TV shows that will not be mentioned here because they’re downright appalling, chances are you may not have heard Belle’s music before. Thankfully, despite the nature of said shows that have featured his music, the television exposure has been a good thing for Belle and got him some new fans, who were clamoring for his debut release, The Ladder.
Two years later, the Chicago-based artist returns with Black Bear. In complete contrast, Belle goes in an entirely different direction, away from his earlier low-key, acoustic style on The Ladder. Black Bear is more complex, more cinematic in scope, ambient and more synth-based. What remains consistent, however, is Belle’s deep reflection upon his life, his relationships and his faith.
Belle’s current tour brings him to Austin for a show tonight at Stubb’s indoor venue, 801 Red River. Starting out the night is Nashville-based rock quartet The Young International. Doors open at 8 p.m.