This week, we welcomed the return of Unlocked – The Key’s regular series spotlighting new and significant releases by Philadelphia musicians – with a look at Ross Bellenoit and his Home Songs project. The Boston-native-turned-Philadelphia-resident shared his solo craftemanship with three home-recorded EPs released over the span of several months this year. The songs on the three EPs represent a transitional period in Bellenoit’s life; though some of the songs were started in 2010 (when the guitarist began experimenting with his home-recordings abilities ) they really came together in the last six months, after Bellenoit took a hiatus from touring with other bands to focus on his own material.
We went in-depth with Bellenoit’s solo work in this Unlocked installment – from a review of Volume 3 and the Home Songs trio as a collection, to an interview with Bellenoit on his process and influences – but that paints only a partial picture of Bellenoit’s life as a musician. To gain a complete understanding of just how big a role Bellenoit plays in his peers’ careers, we have to look at his discography as a whole. With production, songwriting and instrumentation work for Lauryn Peacock, Birdie Busch and Hezekiah Jones (just to name a few) under his belt, the full picture of Bellenoit’s life as a musician shows a ubiquitous and deeply respected talent in the Philadelphia music scene; a true musician’s musician.
Check out a selection of Bellenoit’s genre-crossing work below. And celebrate the completion of Bellenoit’s Home Songs project tonight at Underground Arts.
Producer: Ginger Coyle Homeward Bound
Musician: Divers Wild Things
Producer & Musician: Aaron & the Spell Sing
Musician: Sun Airway Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier
Musician: The Sweetback Sisters “Be Back Home Tonight”
Musician: Da’ T.R.U.T.H. The Big Picture
Home Songs Vol. 1 – 3 is the featured album in this edition of Unlocked; hear the spotlighted single “Down To One” in Monday’s post, read Tuesday’s album review; watch the “Besides” video in Wednesday’s post, read my interview with Ross Bellenoit from yesterday. And stay tuned to The Key for future album spotlights on Unlocked.
Ross Bellenoit, Underground Arts, Unlocked