Belau: Chill-Wave Journeymen

In 2015, Belau consisted of one person, Péter Kedves. These days, Belau’s personnel configuration ranges from 2-4, with cohort and longtime friend Krisztián Buzás, Benji Kiss and vocalist Böbo Szécsi, all depending on the setting and circumstances. Kedves and company are an award-winning Hungarian export, drawing on experiences of travel and adventures abroad as the driving source of inspiration for their cheerful, sunshiny, relaxing and peaceful songs and videos. Belau debuted 3 years ago with a song titled “Island of Promise,” which won the Hungarian Video Music Award’s Special Prize, listed among Deezer’s top hits of 2015 and featured in the HBO series Aranyélet (Golden Life). In 2016, the transformation and evolution to a working band took place when Krisztián Buzás joined in. Belau would notch more than 40 live dates including gigs at major festivals such as Sziget, Untold and Balaton Sound. Late in 2016 the band released a 12-song debut album titled “The Odyssey” featuring several guest vocalists from Hungary’s underground scene winning Hungary’s “Best Electronic Album of the Year” honors and to top off 2016, Pepsi International featured Belau’s music in commercials across 33 nations. 2017 saw Kedves and co release a remix EP of selected tracks from their debut LP and an increase in bookings all across Europe. It appears that Belau is not showing any signs of slowing down their break neck pace of activity. This year, they’ve broadened their footprint in Europe and broke in to the U.S. with dates at SXSW and in New York City. In July, “Breathe” was unleashed. It is a stunning visual work featuring the vocals of Sophie Lindinger perfectly accentuating the summertime feels and vibes of the Caribbean. Belau’s rise as one of the most interesting electronica bands in Europe will continue to grow as they bring their conceptual sounds to audiences all across Europe and beyond. Look for Belau to continue their chill-wave journey with a new LP coming in Spring 2019.

Joseph Arthur

 

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