Ireland's beloved Bell X1 is slated to release their seventh studio album, Arms, on October 14th. Arms is a nine-song collection of soft, spare, and melancholy gems that often express a theme of heartbreak tempered by optimism or determination. "This is the most difficult record we've made, in terms of feeling like it was good enough to share, to let it go and no longer be just ours," said vocalist Paul Noonan. "That we'd made something different to what's come before."
Paul Noonan's bittersweet vocals are joined by David Geraghty's rising and falling guitar lines and Dominic Philiips' bass to create a full, rich sound, sad and hopeful by turns. The record was produced by the band and recorded in Dublin and Donegal by Tommy McLoughlin (from the Villagers) and Glenn Keating (from Jape). The record was mixed by Peter Katis (Jonsi, The National) with Ross Dowling mixing the hit "Out Of Love." "The title Arms is about the idea that, as the world feels like it's becoming a harsher place (maybe there's just more damn noise?), we seek out the comfort of the familiar and familial....arms," says Noonan.
Bell X1 will be on tour throughout Ireland, the UK and Australia for the rest of the year, with more dates to be announced. You can watch the video for track "The Upswing," by animator Anna Eijsbouts, here. You can pre-order Arms here and instantly receive three tracks.