Good artists borrow great artists steal. Jonathan Wilson’s brilliance as a songwriter is truly only matched by his clever ability to find a familiar…Read More
After releasing records with 4AD for a large part of their career, Cocteau Twins decided to take a step towards independence and started up the Bella Union record label, through which they could release their own work as well as any collaborative efforts. The band split up not long after, but instead of letting the newly formed label go under, Robin Guthrie, Cocteau Twins’ founder and lead guitarist and Simon Raymonde, the band’s bassist since 1984, decided to take charge of it. One of the earliest bands to sign on was the Australian trio Dirty Three, who continue to release under Bella Union to this day. Other early signees include Françoiz Breut and The Czars. The label fosters bands from a variety of musical genres and is notable for the amount of freedom given to its artists. Since 2000, when Guthrie moved to France to concentrate on his own music and Raymonde took the reins at Bella Union, the label has signed more artists like Laura Veirs, Lift To Experience, Explosions In The Sky etc. In 2006 the label had a memorable year with Midlake, The Dears, Howling Bells, and Fionn Regan all having great success, and in 2007 as the 10th anniversary celebrations saw them host two nights at the Royal Festival Hall, with special guests Paul Weller, Romeo and Tom from Editors, the year was capped off by Fionn Regan being nominated for a Mercury Prize Best Album Of The Year. In 2008 and 2009, with the phenomenal success of their discovery of Fleet Foxes, which remained in the chart for 100 weeks consecutively, and was the biggest selling independent album of the year, gave the label their first Platinum selling disc. The label has sold over half a million sales to date
With subsequent releases from Beach House, Department of Eagles, Lone Wolf, Our Broken Garden, Fleet Foxes, The Acorn, Abe Vigoda, J. Tillman, Peter Broderick, The Kissaway Trail, Pearly Gate Music, John Grant, Lawrence Arabia, The Low Anthem, Hannah Cohen, Laura Veirs and Mountain Man the future is very bright for this unique artist-run label. Label founder Simon Raymonde is also in demand as a producer, mixing Fionn Regan’s Mercury-nominated debut, and the seminal Lift to Exerience album, the first two Duke Spirit albums, Stephanie Dosen’s A Lily For The Spectre, and the forthcoming album by Lucas Renney, ex-Golden Virgins singer, featuring members of Midlake and Stephanie Dosen’s band.
The label won the 2010 Independent Record Company Of The Year at the Music Week Awards. Previous winners XL Recordings, Rough Trade Records, Domino Records, Ministry of Sound.
In 2010, Bella Union entered the USA market, working in partnership with the Yep Roc Music Group who will act as the label’s background team in North America. In 2010, Bella Union released records from The Acorn, Lawrence Arabia, Midlake, John Grant (with Midlake), Heidi Spencer and the Rare Birds and Lone Wolf among others.
In 2011, Bella Union released debut records from a number of new artists as well as highly anticipated new albums from the likes of The Low Anthem, Explosions In The Sky and Fleet Foxes.
Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/producer Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty, Karen Elson, Conor Oberst), returns with his third solo release on Bella Union on March 2nd,…Read More
Energy and honesty can make just about any style of music feel right. Considering the already wide body of work from Ezra Furman, it’s…Read More
Susanne Sundfør has quickly become one of Norway’s most intriguing exports through her blend of piano-infused electronica with unusual melodies and a cinematic sensibility…Read More
Susanne Sundfør has never made predictable music. Her last few albums like The Silicone Veil have carried a hefty sense of cinematic depth through…Read More
Icelandic bands often resemble a force of nature, and Mammút are no exception. Today the band are thrilled to share their spectacular video for…Read More
On the eve of her upcoming UK tour, Emmy The Great has shared a brand new track entitled “Rapids”. The song is off her…Read More
Ezra Furman has today announced news of a new 6-track EP entitled Big Fugitive Life, due for release 19th August on Bella Union. The…Read More
Following the announcement that electro-psych group DOOMSQUAD will release their sophomore LP Total Time on April 29th Via Bella Union (Hand Drawn Dracula in…Read More
Prior to the release of her forthcoming full-length Second Love, out March 11th on Bella Union, Emmy The Great has releasedd the video for…Read More
DOOMSQUAD will release their new album Total Time on April 29th via Hand Drawn Dracula/Bella Union. DOOMSQUAD is psychedelic electronic dance music from Toronto….Read More
MONEY released The Shadow Of Heaven, following only a handful of concerts that were advertised only by word-of-mouth. The record sounded similarly crafted –…Read More