The title of Belle Game's latest album can be taken either as an optimistic declaration or a warning about confronting the abyss. Fear Nothing reflects this sense of ambiguity, moving from ecstatic songs like "Spirit" to the darkness of "Bring Me."
Fans of Braids' early albums will find a lot to like here. The lyrics tend towards repetition, with strong mantras brought into several different contexts throughout the course of a song, from "Bring me shame / fuck me the same" to "I want nothing." The percussion of Alex Andrew does a lot of work here, keeping the listener with the song and then leading them into Andrea Lo's emotional highs in the choruses. Synths, and guitar are knitted into this fabric too, though they don't frequently take the lead — that's largely the role of Lo's dreamy, reverb-laden voice.
Belle Game's Fear Nothing is good for dreamy, end-of-summer nights. (Arts & Crafts)