After spooking us with their wonderfully unsettling stop-motion video for "The Rains" in late September, Del Bel has re-emerged with a new single that makes the long wait for their sophomore album all the more unbearable.
With songs like "Beltone" and "This Unknown" within their repertoire, there's no doubt that the Canadian band has a real knack for conjuring haunting, cinematic compositions that effortlessly beguile listeners the moment they push play.
But unlike the aforementioned tracks, "In My Solitude" foregoes the eerie and the ominous for a far more seductive tone with a low-tempo staccato, string-bending moans, and single-strummed chords echoing throughout a sparse verse. Throw in Lisa Conway's enticing voice and it’s hard not to picture the vocalist crooning to a dimly-lit crowd with hazes of cigarette smoke permeating the air, as lyrics like, “Though the whiskey bottle’s shape shifts, it proudly finds its form,” and “…by the light of the woods, I will sing for the lonely,” are being sung.
Though the song's subtlety is maintained, it does have a modicum of grandeur, with a horn section crawling into the chorus, and a final sax solo in the outro, both delivering a luring sound that would perfectly complement a film noir.
Del Bel's self-titled follow-up to 2011's Oneiric is set for release on February 10, 2015 in Canada. If "The Rains" and "In My Solitude" is any indication of what we can expect from the rest of the record, then it's going to be a hell of a good one.