Horse Thief to release debut album “Fear In Bliss” in April

Bella Union is excited to announce the release of Fear In Bliss, the debut album from recent signings HORSE THIEF.

This youthful band is a purveyor of a panoramic yet nuanced sound, flowing from intimate to anthemic, the mood from vibrant to contemplative, with frontman Cameron Neal’s lyrics ranging from confessional to metaphorical. The result evokes the wide-open spaces of America’s Midwest but infuses the sense of grit and wonderment with edgier emotions.

Horse Thief, originally founded in Denton, TX, moved to Oklahoma City to attend the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma, from which they recently graduated. The band subsequently signed with the Flaming Lips’ management and soon came to the attention of Bella Union. Though Fear In Bliss was conceived at Horse Thief’s Oklahoma headquarters the band decided to record the album in LA, “to leave our comfort zone of Oklahoma”, and producer Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Vetiver) has helped the band fuse their renowned stage performance with studio quality.

The over-arching theme to Fear In Bliss is “finding yourself and what you believe in, and finding the comfort in acknowledging fear. I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression which comes out a lot on the new album. But when everything gets rough, I think there’s always a way to fix it. The biggest thing for me is to give comfort to people, to shed light on the truth that someone is feeling the same way as them.”

Somewhat appropriately, having orginated in Denton, TX, Horse Thief will be touring with their fellow Dentonians and labelmates Midlake throughout February, joining them as special guests on their forthcoming UK / European tour.

Fear In Bliss will be released 14th April on Bella Union.

Introducing Arc Iris…

Bella Union are thrilled to announce the signing of ARC IRIS, the new project from Jocie Adams, formerly of The Low Anthem.

Their self-titled debut album will be released 31st March and the first single, “Singing So Sweetly,” can be downloaded here. The video for the song, beautifully animated and directed by Anne Beal, can be viewed here:

Arc Iris is inspired by 70s pop, folk and country traditions, cabaret, jazz and classical. The eclectic new project from the former Low Anthem member draws on diverse influences ranging from Led Zeppelin to Grizzly Bear, from Joni Mitchell to Dirty Projectors, and from Miles Davis to Chopin. A singer, multi-instrumentalist, classical composer and former NASA researcher, Adams formed the collective with primary musicians Zach Tenorio-Miller (piano), Ray Belli (drums), Max Johnson (bass), Robin Ryczek (cello) and Mike Irwin (trumpet) among others to present her ambitious new songs. The rhythm section has been playing together since high school and cut their teeth at the School of Rock where they shared a stage with musicians such as Slash, Perry Farrell, Andrew WK, Jon Anderson of Yes and the Butthole Surfers. Arc Iris has recently played shows with Calexico, CocoRosie, Marco Benevento, Menomena, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Patrick Watson and Justin Townes Earle.

Before departing The Low Anthem to form Arc Iris, Adams released two universally acclaimed albums with that band, their music variously described “a sublime mix of hymnal purity and barn-storming rock” (Uncut), “magical songs laden with imagery and poignancy” (The Guardian) and “taking sadness and wistful melancholy and turning it into something beautiful” (NME)

ARC IRIS will be released 31st March on Bella Union in the UK/Europe and 1st April in the US on Anti- Records. UK and European live shows will be announced next week.