The Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto, ON
February 8, 2014
Review by: Melissa Adamson
Photos by: Daniel Pascucci
The Belle Game has received significant praise for their clear vision and confident sound, and they continue to gather acclaim with the release of their current album Ritual Tradition Habit.
The Belle Game
With praise from Pitchfork and recognition from Exclaim as one of Canada’s most promising acts, The Belle Game has a strong base of support from the music industry and a lot of hype to live up to. The band seems to be taking it all in stride and proving that they are worthy of the buzz as they easily fill venues and steadily grow a strong fan base.
The dimly lit Horseshoe Tavern was a bit small for the band but a good setting for their dark moody pop. Andrea Lo mesmerized the room with her rich vocals and the crowd remained still and captivated by the band's haunting sound. Lo has a quiet stage presence but a powerful voice that effortlessly flows from a whisper to a wail within each song. Her full power was best showcased during the eerie ballad “River” as she drove the melody with her earnest solos.
The Belle Game’s transitions are just as smooth as Lo’s vocals and designed so each song slowly builds on top of the last. With little time to chat with the crowd the band focused on building the momentum of the set to end the night on crashing high.
With that same momentum the band continues to grow their career and it is clear they will be back to Toronto soon filling a larger venue with their next visit.