ARMS, the new album from Bell X1, available on Bowers & Wilkins Society of Sound this month, is a nine-song collection radiating with shabby grace and soft-focus elegance, but there’s also a bruised, bittersweet, romantic mood throughout.
According to band member Paul Noonan “A big factor was playing each other stuff we were excited about like old Grace Jones tracks, Sly and The Family Stone, the Kendrick Lamar record… and going down the YouTube rabbit hole for an afternoon in the studio.” So, in that spirit, here’s a playlist of some of the band’s current favourite musical distractions.
Common – The People
Bombay Bicycle Club – Lights Out, Words Gone
Vampire Weekend – Step
Frank Ocean – Lost
Blood Orange – You’re Not Good Enough
Tame Impala – Let It Happen
Azelia Banks – 212
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
The War on Drugs – Under the Pressure
10 Beck – Nicotine and Gravy
More about Bell X1 here