They came together to play a single performance at The Railway Club in the summer of 2009, but the Belle Game’s founding members, Adam Nanji, Alex Andrew and Andrea Lo soon realized their potential as a collaborative song-writing team. Within months, they’d recorded their debut EP release, The Inventing Letters. The EP’s focus on harmonies, pop melodies and orchestral instrumentation soon received positive press from near and far-flung places, and earned the band regular airplay on CBC 1 and 2. Their song, Tiny Fires, won the fan favorite award in the Shore 104.3FM song of summer search and the video for their single Shoulders & Turns earned them a feature spot on MuchMusic’s The Wedge.
Their numbers expanded, their acclaim spread. Led by the hypnotic vocals of Andrea Lo, their hard-to-categorize sound has been described as “weaving ethereal soundscapes into, blown-out, crush-pop confessions.” Their poetic lyricism has sparked comparisons to fellow Canadian artists such as Feist, The New Pornographers, Arcade Fire and Ohbijou.
The group’s debut album Ritual Tradition Habit earned the band critical praise from the likes of Pitchfork and Rolling Stone, while their emotional live performances prompted Paste Magazine to name them one of the “10 Great New Bands from CMJ”.
“… texturally layered, with echoing guitars, infectious rhythms and horns, and lavished in hooks… So, yes, we can justifiably deem the Belle Game one of Vancouver’s best and, in general, one of Canada’s most promising acts” – Exclaim!