Words by Ben Blackburn
When I received this particular tip from the thoroughly esteemed Tipping Point Towers, I have to admit I was slightly wary about listening to a track entitled with the name of a Disney character. While it may have come from a deeply repressed fear of the, frankly, terrifying manifestations of these characters as ‘mascots’ at Disneyland Paris, the real hesitation was probably born from a concern the music itself would be juvenile. However after one listen of ‘Cinderella’ my fears were quelled, and the realisation dawned this was an unabashed pop record, with its sound benefitting from the unrestrained joy of the fantasy it’s title is derived from, while presenting itself as a well crafted and incredibly catchy piece of music.
Bluebell first rose to prominence in the spring of 2011, after their first demo ‘Normal Heights’ was picked up by the likes of Neon Gold and the Guardian, propelling the band immediately into the limelight. The band itself is composed of singer/songwriter Annabel Jones and producer/songwriter Charlie Westropp, formed after Jones and Westropp met at a charity gig in Liverpool and their previous associated acts had ran their course. Within both ‘Normal Heights’ and ‘Cinderella’ there is a clear and conscious effort to master a balance between the strong undercurrent of electronics and the beautiful vocals of Jones. Through this effort Bluebell have created a track that will no doubt embed itself in your mind on first listen, and for the rest of summer.
‘Normal Heights’ and ‘Cinderella’ are due out as a single on Killing Moon Limited on June 11th.
Today's Tip comes courtesy of Dave Maul