new music: oakland afro-soul quartet bells atlas find grace in heartbreak on stunning new single “ncat” #soundcheck

February 23, 2017

Even at their most heartbroken, Bells Atlas can’t resist the allure of a deep groove. The shades of pain and frustration that color their latest single “NCAT” (Nothing Comes After This), inhabit the fringes, while singer Sandra Lawson-Ndu’s silken voice struggles to maintain composure. The unreasonably tight rhythm section of Geneva Harrison and Doug Stuart as always keep the whole thing from drifting into thin air. With this new cut, following “Spec and Bubble,” whatever Bells Atlas has in the works is destined to be something stunning. The band has recently signed on as the house band for NPR’s “Snap Judgment.”

By Nathan Leigh, AFROPUNK contributor