'Rapture': Belau joins Blue Foundation's Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg to create an electronica trip-hop dream
The promising electronica act wowed fans of the genre with their debut 'The Odyssey' in 2016, and will release their long-awaited sophomore album 'Colourwave' this month
Award-winning electronica duo Belau is bringing back the summer with their latest song 'Rapture' featuring Blue Foundation's Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg.
Beginning in 2016 with their debut full-length album 'The Odyssey', which won a Hungarian Music Award for 'Best Electronic Music Album', Belau (comprised of Peter Kedves and Krisztian Buzas) has consistently delivered top-notch electronica music and has nearly 200 live performances across 23 countries under their belt already. Their long-awaited sophomore album 'Colourwave' will come out on May 29 and the duo will then embark on a tour later this year.
Where 'The Odyssey' saw the duo exploring their own sound within the alternative indie genre, 'Colourwave' sees them finding their own sound that while based in electronica also layers in elements of a diverse range of styles, including lo-fi beats, Caribbean flavors and trip-hop. And what better way to signal this shift in their sound than to work closely with trip-hop legend and pioneer Kirstine Stubbe Teglbjærg herself.
Teglbjærg, a Danish composer, writer, singer, arranger and producer, is best known as the lead singer for Blue Foundation, but her work has also extended to solo projects that showcased her unique sound. As part of Blue Foundation, Teglbjærg helped usher in a new form of electronica that included elements of cinematic dream pop and shoegaze and would serve as the inspiration for several subgenres. Their music was featured in several large-scale productions, including movies like 'Twilight' and shows like 'The Vampire Diaries'.
And on 'Rapture', Belau and Teglbjærg blend their unique sounds to create an electronic trip-hop dream. In keeping with their theme of exploring nature, its abundance and power as well as its ability to alternate between flow and stillness, the duo states, "Rapture is written as a wish to put an end to blind toil and to forcing things through without taking the signals of your body or your surroundings into to consideration. The song expresses a longing to unfold life in a completely different way that is more free, open, self-loving, and enjoyable." The accompanying lyric video for 'Rapture' layers the stunning electronica gem over a dreamy underwater animation.
Belau, as a band, has always tried to create an escape through their music. Their songs provide shelter to their listeners, giving them an unobstructed path upon which they may make a journey inwards to greater self-awareness. To put it more succinctly, Belau is where you find solace. And their upcoming LP appears to build on their core philosophy, combining their focus on self-growth with their penchant for using nature as their storyboard. And if 'Rapture' is anything to go by, it's going to be quite the journey.
Stream 'Rapture' HERE. Belau is set to kick off their tour in October, but dates are subject to change due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Stay up-to-date on the band's schedule via their Facebook.