"ATA," the second single from Olga Bell's highly anticipated LP Tempo (set for May 27 release One Little Indian) is available now, having premiered on Apple Music's Beats 1 Radio by DJ Julie Adenuga who raves, "Music lovers: every once in a while a tune comes around that makes you stop… Thank you, THANK YOU for making this music." Listen to the show here, and listen/share "ATA" on Youtube here. Bell has also confirmed new tour dates including shows with Nancy Whang, Empress Of and Yeasayer, plus her own European headline gigs. See below for details—with more to be announced.
Bell says of the track, "'ATA' was inspired by a 1958 Frank O'Hara poem called 'A True Account of Talking to the Sun at Fire Island.' It's filled with wordless instrumental stretches—space for thoughts to congeal, to clarify. Some elements of the beat were inspired by the Art Of Noise classic 'Moments In Love' (the snaps especially), and the wormy synth bass of the verses transforms into a high, bright lead when the sun finally speaks, in the middle of the song ('baby it's tough! but don't get low / our work is humble / daily I rise, daily you write')."
The first single from the album, "Randomness," recently received a "Best New Track" designation at Pitchfork after it was premiered by Dummy, who described the house-influenced track as "the fuel of self-manifestation." The Minister Akins-directed video premiered at i-D, who called the video "fire" and said of the track, "if you're anything like us, you've probably had [it] stuck in your head since it surfaced earlier this month." Check out the premiere here, and share/post the video here (full video credits at link). The track is available for instant download with album pre-order.
"This record is first for the body, then for the mind," says Bell, who began writing the album immediately after seeing the film Paris Is Burning. "I started every song by thinking about tempo specifically, listening to the metronome alone, feeling its relation to my body, to the pace of the day, the weather, the light. On fast days I listened to club music, most of it at least twenty years old, and on slow days I turned to early West Coast hip-hop and Portishead because of how physically charged and compelling these records feel despite their low BPM."
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