Flakebelly introduces a distinct flavor of music with “The Trick”

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Smooth and truly incredible!

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Hi Flakebelly, welcome to LA Music Review! Tell us a little bit about you and your music.

Flakebelly is an enigmatic songsmith from The Orkney Islands…

blurring the boundaries between indie rock and acoustic folk-jazz. His music has a unique blend of various beautifully harmonized genres that create a distinct sound and capture the soul.

Flakebelly’s music has always been about experimenting with new sounds and pushing at the margins of traditional genres. He seamlessly blends jazzy pianos, soaring high-end vocals, and sizzling blues guitar riffs to frame his introspective, poetic lyrics. His music can be acoustic, drawing from the well of traditional finger-picked styles of the British Isles. Still, it can also be electric, allowing funky drumming, chugging bass guitar, and his more indie-rock and psychedelic affectations to shine.

Recently, flakebelly moved to a distant Scottish island and built a small home studio, where he is currently learning to self-record, mix and master his ever-evolving catalogue of songs. His music is a reflection of his unique personality, and his journey as a musician continues to inspire others to experiment and explore their creative potential.

Congrats on the release! What was your inspiration when you were writing this project?

I was attempting to do something in the vein of DJ Shadow and the IDM popular in the 90’s.

Released April 28, 2023. As usual it ended up being wildly different, but that’s the game! The lyric is a transcription of an audio recording I made walking my dog a few years ago, in a park in Swindon. I guess I was feeling pretty cosmic that day.

Start streaming “The Trick” here:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

What is your vision for this song?

I want to make people think. About the nature of existence.

About where they are in the universe. About WHAT they are. Musically I hope to inspire others to discard the trappings of genre and indulge their freaky sides.

What is your favorite part of this body of work?

I think the overall sound of the track came out really well, smooth and funky but retaining a home-recorded, almost lo-fidelity feel. I try to keep things loose and improvise many of the takes. I think I struck a good balance on this one.

Anything else we should know about it? Future releases?

An album, Apprentice Green, is slated for the end of the year on an independent record label, which is made of the 1st songs I ever wrote around 2003. I’ve kept the demos and finished the tunes off recently. It’s very psychedelic, from heavy rock to acoustic weirdness. My next single is called Dandelion and will be out in a month or so. Again it will be weird!

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