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Former Belle treks into the wilderness in new “A Beautiful One” video

A screen shot from Former Belle's "A Beautiful One" official music video
A screen shot from Former Belle’s “A Beautiful One” official music video

For the creation of their latest video, Former Belle again turned to the visual talents of animator Jon Lewis. The artist created the lonely metropolitan environs that singer/songwriter Bruno Catrambone wandered through in “I Woke Up In Chicago” earlier this year, and now he’s illlustrated a fresh-aired wilderness setting for “A Beautiful One.”

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Watch Former Belle’s animated video for “I Woke Up In Chicago”

Former Belle | Photo courtesy of the artist
Former Belle | Photo by Derek Fass | courtesy of the artist

Bruno Catrambone’s Former Belle released their new EP Foreign Bed back on April 8th, and today they shared the music video for the song “I Woke Up In Chicago.”

The video, which was directed by Jon Lewis and features artwork by Jacob Robinson, shows a lonely Catrambone walking around an animated paper city (“Welcome to Sad City, Population: You”) where he is the only non-paper object. After his paper-heart is broken he goes to a paper-bar before going back to his paper-bed. Be careful of paper-cuts. Continue reading →

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PREMIERE: Former Belle whisper in our ear on Foreign Bed

Former Belle | Photo courtesy of the artist
Former Belle | Photo by Derek Fass | courtesy of the artist

After hearing snippets of new material from Former Belle over the last few months, we finally get the full picture. Foreign Bed is local musician Bruno Catrambone’s new EP, out tomorrow on Randm Records. It marks a return to Catrambone’s solo work after some heavy touring and recording with Cruisr put his priorities elsewhere for a year or two.

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Listen to Former Belle’s sweet and lofty “Honey Bee” and hear him on the 25 O’Clock podcast

Former Belle | Photo courtesy of the artist
Former Belle | Photo by Derek Fass | courtesy of the artist

Former Belle, the acoustic singer-songwriter project of Cruisr guitarist Bruno Catrambone, releases their Foreign Bed EP on April 8th and this week shared its latest track, “Honey Bee,” via Pure Volume.

The sweet four minutes of “Honey Bee” showcases Catrambone’s sense for melody with buzzing harmonies, light acoustic guitars, and timeless lyrics beyond their years. Former Belle gives Catrambone the opportunity to highlight his own musical talents while creating his own world of lyrical and melodic intensity. You can also hear Foreign Bed‘s other single, “I Woke Up In Chicago” and listen to the studio session they did with The Key here. Continue reading →

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Check out the lovelorn new song from Former Belle, “I Woke Up In Chicago”

Former Belle | Photo by Carolyn Lederach for WXPN | carolynlederach.squarespace.com
Former Belle | Photo by Carolyn Lederach for WXPN | carolynlederach.squarespace.com

Former Belle, the acoustic folk project of singer-songwriter Bruno Catrambone, have shared the first song from their upcoming EP, Foreign Bed, via Elmore Magazine.

Catrambone records and performs with Former Belle when he’s not playing guitar for CRUISR. On “I Woke Up In Chicago” (which the band performed for their session with the Key back in February), the band sounds reminiscent of Wilco’s softest moments (and not just because they are singing about Chicago). Continue reading →

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The Key Studio Sessions: Former Belle

Bruno Catrambone is most visible as lead guitarist of Philly modern rock crew Cruisr, but his longtime musical squeeze is Former Belle, the indie-folk project he’s resurrecting this winter with a new EP called Foreign Bed.

Like his back catalog, the new music is tinged with nods to Elliott Smith and I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning-era Bright Eyes. But Catrambone exhibits a newfound confidence and dynamic range in the new songs, and it was on prominent display during the band’s performance for The Key Studio Sessions. Continue reading →

Support for The Key Studio Sessions, from Dogfish Head
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Tonight’s Concert Picks: The Sun Flights at Bourbon & Branch, Former Belle at Steel City, Dogs on Acid at Ortlieb’s

The Sun Flights
The Sun Flights | Photo courtesy of the artist

Growing from a duo to a full band, The Sun Flights debut their new lineup at Bourbon & Branch tonight. We got a glimpse of the new members and a new song in the video for “Stories,” a beautiful example of their harmony-driven folk music. Tickets and information for the 21+ show with Friendship and Dylan Jane can be found here, watch “Stories” below.

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Former Belle performs new songs for In the Library session

Former Belle
Former Belle | photo courtesy of the artist

Former Belle‘s Bruno Catrambone has been busy touring and recording with Cruisr, but he’s earmarked some alone time this winter to work on his own new material. The local singer-songwriter gave us a preview of what’s to come with his recent In the Library session, performing a pair of new songs in the intimate, book-filled room.

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Make Music Philly Spotlight: Former Belle

Photo via facebook.com/formerbelle
Photo via facebook.com/formerbelle

Indie folk artist Former Belle will be playing at Clark Park Music and Arts Festival from 5:45 to 6:15 pm. Project of singer-songwriter, Bruno Catrambone, the music is chilly while still emotional. In May, the band released “Old Ghost”, a haunting song that parallels the band’s music style. Compared to the previous release, The Cathedral, “Old Ghost” seems more haunted and sparse. On June 23rd, the band will be releasing their newest EP Old Ghost, full of B-sides and other previously unreleased music. Listen to the title track “Old Ghost” below. Get more information about the event here.