View of the Woods
'A View Of The Woods' is the debut release of Belhome, a truly original Austin, TX band. The song arrangements of violin, guitar, bass, drums and male/female harmonies find a clearing somewhere between influences such as Wilco, The Shins, Yo La Tengo, and Americana, and there, create a warm, infectious brand of independent music. Over the course of six months vocalist/guitarist, John Spae, traveled the western U.S., strumming a $20 acoustic guitar, eventually settling into the first chords and lyrics that would become Belhome. Upon returning to Austin he sat down with violinist/vocalist Andrea Couch and the songs began to take shape. Soon after, Eddie Sykes and Jeremy Ballard joined to fill in the gaps with their rolling rhythms. Since Belhome's formation in 2004 they have built a loyal following based on their hypnotic live performances. 'A View Of The Woods,' completed in November of 2005, takes the raw live performance and adds layers to it's emotional core, reinforcing the dynamic elegance and complexity of the songs. Lyrically, Spae touches on themes of impermanence and the ideas of home and duality on the album. Sometimes hauntingly defiant as in the introspective 'Construct:' 'You can't take what I've never had.' Other times detailing contrasts in 'The Black Part of Light:' 'The black part of light, stands up to the night, as the bright part of day, puts us in our place.' Belhome will continue to play live shows regionally and steadily build their following as they work on promoting 'A View Of The Woods.'