Old rock meets the new on "Hole and Corner," the debut from Baldvin Ringsted's Glasgow, Scotland-based band, Bela.Old rock meets the new on "Hole and Corner," the debut from Baldvin Ringsted's Glasgow, Scotland-based band, Bela.
The 30-year-old bandleader cites Steely Dan and Belle and Sebastian as primary influences, and the album pairs his sensitive vocals with an elegantly mournful slide guitar. At times, his voice evokes John Mayer, while the sunny, spare guitar work on such songs as "Stones" is more reminiscent of Nick Drake.
The album was released June 19 in the United Kingdom through indie Say Dirty Records and was produced with Marcus MacKay (Snow Patrol). Ringsted, a native Icelander who recently relocated to Scotland, says the label contacted him after receiving the one demo he'd sent out. His album is not available in America, but a few East Coasters may have heard his song "Jerome" in a commercial for Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals.