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Baeilou – Inside Under Review

Southern cello chills

Sometimes you hear a track that utterly spellbinds you and this happened to me earlier this week with Baeilou and her track ‘Eleanora’. I had to buy the EP immediately and I’m not disappointed.

Baeilou, the alias for Mia Pixley, wields a cello as her main instrument of choice. She mixes in dark gothic tones, classical elements and Southern blues together into a beautiful melting pot. ‘Eleanora’ opens the EP with cello string picking like a double bass but soon gets dramatic with taut spasms of noise and wooden thumps from the case itself. Baeilou’s voice is the vocal equivalent of honey. There’s a golden silky quality to her voice that lets her brood but then in the next track ‘All the Light’, she soothes and coo’s in a beautiful jazzy blues number. The sleepy cuteness soon fades into a dramatic cello-pop piece with ‘Oranges’ which is full of hooks and set pieces – yet outside of the percussion, it’s all cello and voice. It’s very impressive.

Baeilou

Southern roots come to the fore for ‘Morning Manta’ with some beautiful layering of cello to create a swinging soulful piece. It reminds me albeit briefly of Larkin Grimm – but more pointed and structured in the makeup of each song. The closing track, ‘Witching Hour’, is a lovely bewitching mood piece that leans into Baeilou’s gothic side. There is often an underlying subtle creepiness to this EP but here is where it shines most.

As a debut EP, ‘Inside Under’ is perfectly structured, showing off lots of different sides to Baeilou but in a cohesive way. I am an instant fan and cannot wait to see what the future brings.

Recommended track: Eleanora

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