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Olga Bell: ‘Randomness’ Video premiere + Album Announcement

30 Mar 2016

Olga Bell’s incredible dance video for new track ‘Randomness’ is premiering right now over on i-D! Randomness is the lead single from Olga’s new album ‘Tempo’, out 27th May on One Little Indian. Watch the video for Randomness right here, and pre-order Tempo here.

Written, produced and performed by Bell, TEMPO is her third LP—following 2014’s Krai and 2011’s Diamonite—and features contributions from vocalist Sara Lucas and longtime collaborators Jason Nazary and Gunnar Olsen.

“This record is first for the body, then for the mind,” says Bell, who began writing the album immediately after seeing the film Paris Is Burning. “I started every song by thinking about tempo specifically, listening to the metronome alone, feeling its relation to my body, to the pace of the day, the weather, the light. On fast days I listened to club music, most of it at least twenty years old, and on slow days I turned to early West Coast hip-hop and Portishead because of how physically charged and compelling these records feel despite their low BPM.”

The highly anticipated LP follows the October release of Incitation, a five-track EP described by NOWNESS as “a perfect platform for Bell’s remarkable voice, mirroring the unflinching, self-analyzing lyrics.” Pitchfork went on to praise Bell’s “muscular voice” and “knack for arrangements that are simultaneously refined and overwhelming,” while The New York Times lauded her “forthright, supple melodies to hold everything together, and a voice—creamy, vibrant, sensual—that makes all her conundrums startlingly immediate.”

Born in Moscow and raised in Alaska, Bell is a composer, producer and performer based in Brooklyn. A prodigious classical pianist as a child and teenager, Bell graduated from Boston’s New England Conservatory before moving to New York City to pursue electronic composition and songwriting. In 2011 she received a Jerome Fund Grant from the American Composers Forum to aid in the completion of her first large-scale composition, Krai, which was released as an album in 2014 after a sold-out premiere at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. The New York Times described Krai as “at once a folkloric study of her homeland and a contemporary exercise in electronic production.”

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