Premiere: Holland Belle reviews the Laws of Attraction on “Magnetism”
At the foot of the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York, endless nights and morning days enveloped in nature and personal discovery, Holland Belle began unraveling songs for a second album. Bird’s song (May 13) and the new single “Magnetism”.
“The ‘magnetism’ popped up one of those mornings,” shares Belle, who wrote it as she sat on the grass with her guitar writing songs. “It came in a flash, almost fully formed, and just as I was finishing the chorus, the door to the house opened and Dante [producer Dante Bardo] came outside. He had woken up to the smell of burnt milk that I had left on the stove and had forgotten about. So lost translating “Magnetism,” Belle shared what she had of the song and headed straight to Basement Floods Records to record it.
Sifting through harsher realities and often untold truths, “Magnetism” introduces different laws of attraction for Belle. “I think the song will mean something different to each person,” she says, “and I’m happy about that.”
Searching for hope and heightened meaning in darker days, Belle’s lush voice glides around the lyrics Energy flowed through my mind / Like endless waves of diamond dust / Nobody told me that / Memory darkened my body / Like a blanket over the sun / Made of velvet… And darkness is like a friend / Who passes, and leaves / And lightness is like a corridor that I walk down / And never know where it ends.
“‘Magnetism’ is the soft lesson of the record – warm, easy and mysterious,” says Belle. “For me, the whole personal journey of creating the album is in this song.”
Recorded 10 days before the start of the pandemic in 2020, the production of Bird’s song stopped, while Belle reflected on her life and region and decided to move to New York State. “I never would have had the courage to make such a drastic life change without COVID,” Belle says. “Now I can release this album and start a new musical adventure with my feet planted in a home that I love.”
Through many songs on Bird’s song were written while Belle was living in Los Angeles, and partially in Berlin, “Magnetism” and several other tracks written in New York’s Hudson Valley brought more levity to the album, she says.
“In LA, Berlin, I was in a period of deep reflection, and in New York, I started to feel free and joyful,” Belle reveals. “I recognized the beauty all around me and wanted to write about it. ‘Bird Song’ tells the story of this journey.
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