Superbelle - Streaching the tradition with electronic trad

Ok. You gotta give these tracks a bit of a chance as they start out quite electronic, but develop into something nice. From a group/person called Superbelle whom we will have to do a bit more digging on as their Facebook and Reverbnation pages are lacking in detail. We are stretching the tradition a bit here.  

Far end of the traditional spectrum but interesting none the less.





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Comment by Superbelle on November 20, 2012 at 16:39

Thanks Tony for the kind words!

As you know, Irish music is all about the tunes. On that recording, we wanted to play a tune, just one tune, and without diluting the heritage, put notes on the feelings the tune suggests. Using machines and synths to achieve this goal? Why not? It isn't really different from incorporating for the first time, double stringged instruments, guitars, piano or even free reed instruments. What counts is the tune, not the instrument.

Who knows what trad music will be like in 20 years. When a tradition stands still, it becomes a folklore and we don't like this idea. So we wrote our own tunes, as the ones that have been played for decades and decades are too deeply rooted or associated with some great musicians. We couldn't interfere, and be into the old recipe of taking a set of tunes, playing it upside-down and taking as many variations as possible out of it.

To play and shape what we had in mind, we needed fresh material, and what we had in mind is a very simple approach. No trad blasting virtuosity, no fusion, no styles and rythms taken from another tradition.

Just the use of machines and keyboards the way one would use a bodhran.

This gives unusual sounds for sure, quite modern sounds, but the heartbeat is still Irish i hope, that's why we call it Contemporary Trad!

And as it is all about the tunes, the CD and the gigs consist in non-stop music for an hour and 20 minutes -ish.

Everything is written and arranged to allow us to slide from a tune to another. No need to talk as we are here for the music, no need to introduce the tunes as they are all brand new. We just let the music evolve, build itself and see where it gets, see if it revives the tradition in some new way, but still very much recognizably within this musical language.

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