Bel Auburn is a quintet from Ashland, an idyllic Ohio town some distance southwest of Cleveland. I say idyllic despite never having been there because the sweeping soundscapes that Bel Auburn have created are anything but ugly and uninspiring. In fact, these tracks, all from the bandâ€™s second self-released LP, Lullabies in A & C, are about as anthemic, emotive, and polished as youâ€™ll find from a group of friends living off the cultural grid. Itâ€™s reminiscent of Coldplay or early Jimmy Eat World, the latter of which Bel Auburn claim as an influence. The lyrics can drift into codes known only by their author, but once a warm blast of guitar kicks in and Matt the lead singer lets go with a cathartic chorus, youâ€™ll know exactly what Bel Auburn mean even if you have no clue what theyâ€™re talking about.
(Selected tracks are linked below; visit the Bel Auburn Website to download the rest of the album.)