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belle metso library studio 2023
 
 
 
 
TaranDtula EP (DIY) Release 2024 - Irony and noir entangled in a sparkling web of doom
 
TaranDtula, beckon listeners into a nocturnal realm where gothic shadows dance with fiery spirits.  The Subterranean Sea unveil the first half of their vampiric opus in 2024 during the process of writing the second half of TaranDtula. Nurtured, within' the womb of Finnish winter and covid's haunting stillness, Australian songstess, Belle Phoenix embarked on a musical odyssey, weaving a sonic tapestry that transcends boundaries. The collaboration was separated by oceans, communicated through the digital ether, as Isobelle, ensconced in the shadows, sent her spectral visions to Osker Bickford (Brian Henry Hooper Band) in Melbourne, Australia, who responded with guitar and bass. The post-punk, inspired cocophony, found its anchor in  Tampere where the duo together recorded at the Metso Library, and recorded 4-tracks inspired by expressionist films and WWI, along with Phoenix's dreaming of a dystopian love affair. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A communion unfolded with Martin J. Fiedler of Klangbild Studio in Kreuzberg, known for his work with, Australian, band Crime & The City Solution. Fiedler, breathed life into the four DIY, tracks that demanded a unique energy. A sojourn to Berlin, the city draped in shadows, art, culture and history, revealed a fateful encounter with musician, Chris Hughes who joined on drums.

 

 

 

Two singles were released in 2023: the haunting "All By Myself" and their dystopian love affair, “Moon & Mars” (Special Version), mixed and mastered by Fabian Tormin (Lee Renaldo 'Sonic Youth') and Martin J. Fiedler (Berlin)

 

Back in Finland Phoenix, formed various band lineups, also playing solo, duo shows and festivals recruiting violin, bass and percussion for acoustic performances.

 

     

Metso Library Studio (Tampere)
Subsea (Wild AT Heart Berlin, 2023)
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Backstage at Celebrating Bowie (Sydney Opera House)

Mark Plati & Belle Phoenix (Sydney Opera House 2017)

Lindsay gravina - birdland studio (Melbourne, AU)

THE GLORIOUS DEAD LP (2021)

The Glorious Dead" emerged as Phoenix's, Frankenstein creation.  A musical escapade, stitched together from diverse sonic limbs across the globe. This album, akin to the mad scientist's laboratory, saw its creation unfold in different places, each contributing a unique essence.

The haunting melodies and ethereal vocals found their genesis in New York, where Belle collaborated with Mark Plati, renowned for his work with David Bowie, The Cure, Depeche Mode. Plati's influence, akin to a musical lightning bolt, struck the tracks Dead Inside, Maker Of The Man and Livin’ Life Blues with a charged energy, molding it into a creation that resonates with both the past and the futuristic echoes of Bowie's collaborations.

The stitches tightened in Melbourne, Australia, with Lindsay Gravina at Birdland Studio for post-production for  "Blossom Of Love" and "The Devil's Son" another DIY sojourn.  Gravina added the final touches, infusing the album with a gothic elegance and sonic depth.

The Glorious Dead, stands as a testament to Belle Phoenix's prowess as a producer on Dancing All The Time and Soulkillers in colaboration with Trent Marden (The Holy Soul) on guitar.  The collaboration echoes a gothic western touch of experimentation. A celebration of life, Belle Phoenix and The Subterranean Sea create something new from classic genres.

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