|Genres||electronic, trip hop, art pop, experimental, neo soul, avant-garde, glitch|
|Instruments||vocals, violin, guitar, synthesizer, drums, electronics, bass, laptop, sampler, drum machine, live looping|
Anomie Belle (an·o·me bel) is an American multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter, producer, and artivist from Seattle. Originally a classically trained violinist and songwriter, Anomie began writing and recording her own music as a child. She has since developed an eclectic and avant-garde musical style that incorporates aspects of electronic, contemporary classical, art pop, experimental, trip hop, glitch, and soul.
Her music grapples with issues ranging from critiques of power to intimacy and sexuality. Anomie often explores the emotional experiences of “beautiful alienation” created by modern consumer scoiety, and the passive guilt of unsustainable lifestyles that are destructive to our natural environment and human well-being. She has also highlighted these issues in collaboration with artists across disciplines, or Culture Jammers such as The Yes Men. Anomie is openly queer and throughout her work she blurs typical representations of sexuality.
Anomie Belle released her debut album Sleeping Patterns in November 2008. In support of her debut release, Anomie toured with Little Dragon and Manuok. Sleeping Patterns garnered further commercial success after the song How Can I Be Sure appeared in the Xbox 360 game Alan Wake. Anomie Belle toured extensively in 2009 and 2010 in the US and Canada, first with The Album Leaf, and then with Tricky, and later with Gustavo Santaolalla's band Bajofondo. Live performances feature Anomie performing vocals, violin, electric guitar, keyboards, bass, drum machine, samplers and programming by looping herself live. During her tour with The Album Leaf and Sea Wolf, Anomie also performed with The Album Leaf for their entire set.
Anomie Belle's second album, The Crush, released in September 2011. It includes collaborations with Mr. Lif, Jon Auer of The Posies, and Trespassers William lead vocalist Anna-Lynne Williams, all of whom Anomie has performed with on stage during their respective live performances. She followed The Crush with several EPs, featuring members of the Sneaker Pimps, remixes, and covers of Ain't No Sunshine and Everything in Its Right Place.
In 2012 Anomie Belle contributed vocals and production to several tracks on Eighty One, the album from Ninja Tune artist Yppah. The two artists met when they performed together on tour with Bonobo. Over the next two years, Anomie toured in support of the album as a featured artist during live Yppah performances, performing on guitar, keys, violin, drum machine and vocals.
Flux, Anomie's third album, features an interdisciplinary art project exploring disillusionment and the search for identity, and will be released on August 26, 2016. Fourteen visual art pieces accompany the album in an artbook, featuring new works from Marco Mazzoni, Redd Walitzki, Mark Demsteader, Kari-Lise Alexander, Casey Weldon, Meredith Marsone, Alessandra Maria, Alex Garant, Alpay Efe, Januz Miralles, Maria Teicher, Antonio Velfín, Alexandra Becker-Black and Zin Lim. Each piece is a portrait of Anomie and her music, and will be displayed at Modern Eden Gallery during the month of August 2016.
- 2008 Sleeping Patterns
- 2011 The Crush
- 2016 Flux
Singles and EPs
- 2011 How Can I Be Sure
- 2011 Inky Drips
- 2011 Machine
- 2012 Picture Perfect (Japan only)
- 2016 Lovers
- 2012 Yppah - Eighty One (Ninja Tune)
- 2012 D. Song (feat Anomie Belle) (Ninja Tune)
- 2012 Film Burn (feat Anomie Belle) (Ninja Tune)
- 2012 Believe Me by Trespassers William (Saint Marie Records)
- 2013 Cliff by Lotte Kestner (Saint Marie Records)
- 2009 No Lip Vol. 3 (Mohawk Bomb Records)
- 2010 Alan Wake - OST Limited Edition Soundtrack
- 2013 Plush - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande Records)
- The First Time I Heard David Bowie (2012) by Scott Heim
TV, Film and Video Game uses
- Anomie Belle wrote and recorded the song "Violence" for the Catherine Hardwicke film Plush.
- "February Sun", "How Can I Be Sure" and "On TV" appeared on episodes of Jersey Shore (TV series)
- "How Can I Be Sure" appeared on an episode of United States of Tara
- Anomie Belle scored the short film Dark Material
- "American View" appeared on an episode of Roadtrip Nation
- "How Can I Be Sure" appeared on Xbox 360 and computer game Alan Wake
- "John Q Public" appeared on Microsoft Windows game APB: All Points Bulletin
- "Down" appeared in the independent film Jamie and Jessie Are Not Together
- "February Sun" appeared in the film Todo el Mundo tiene a Alguien Menos Yo ("Everybody's Got Somebody But Me")
- Anomie Belle official website
- Official Facebook
- Official YouTube channel
- Official SoundCloud
- Official Twitter
- Anomie Belle at the Internet Movie Database
Notes and references
- Christ, Sal (May 14, 2012). "Soundcloud Gems: Anomie Belle". 303 Magazine.
- Robbins Jr., David (November 23, 2011). "Machine (f. Mr. Lif)". Their Bated Breath.
- Levy, Marc (September 22, 2013). "Trip hop comes back with Anomie Belle Saturday at sultry Middle East show". Cambridge Day.
- Senn, Chris (September 16, 2011). "Anomie Belle – The Crush". Backbeat Seattle.
- Keenan, Sean (March 14, 2012). "Anomie Belle: Interview". Trebuchet Magazine.
- Liu, Marian (October 28, 2008). "Anomie Belle brings politically conscious trip hop to the Tractor Sunday". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 6 June 2013.
- Jarvis, Brooke (June 8, 2012). "Behind the Shell hoax". Salon Media Group.
- Murphy, Sarah (July 22, 2016). "iMusic: Lovers". Exclaim!.
- Cusick, Dave (January 29, 2009). "Anomie Belle in studio performance and interview". Oregon Public Broadcasting.
- Senn, Chris (Feb 6, 2010). "The Album Leaf + Sea Wolf + Anomie Belle - Neumos". Melophobe.
- Kristek, Nicole (Sep 7, 2009). "Bumbershoot 2009". Melophobe.
- Foley, Jack (November 29, 2011). "Anomie Belle announces free track Slither from Machine EP". Indie London.
- Shoemaker, Bryce (May 27, 2013). "Sasquatch Recap: Yppah feat Anomie Belle". Nada Mucho.
- "Anomie Belle, Lovers". Skope Magazine. July 22, 2016.