Sounds Like: Andrew Bird, the Mountain Goats, Ben Sollee, Paul Simon, Dear Reader
Label: Silent Home Records
Bio: Christopher Bell, the mohawk-sporting cellist, has always kept his feet planted in two separate worlds, straddling classical and contemporary genres. On his new album, Sirens, he widens his stance.
While his last three efforts have dabbled in folk and rock music, Sirens changes the format. Buil...See Full Bio
“Cellist Christopher Bell has toured by canoeing the Erie Canal, biking from upstate New York to Chicago, and walking across Massachusetts. So it’s probably no surprise that Bell plays the cello a little differently, too. Bell straps the instrument to his body like a guitar, tearing and slapping and scraping and sliding and generally coaxing as many distinctly un-cello-like sounds out of his instrument as possible. The unusual approach results in some unusual songs, but Bell’s tunes are as winning as they are quirky. Opening act Craig Butterfield, too, approaches his classical instrument — in Butterfield’s case, the double bass — with a modern flair, using effects pedals and percussive thumps to coerce all manner of tones from his bass.”