Omertá

Omertá is Italian for "code of silence," but for talented Kansas indie duo the Belles—aka Christopher Tolle and Jake Cardwell—it means "lo-fi." This, the duo's debut disc, is a ta

Omertá is Italian for "code of silence," but for talented Kansas indie duo the Belles—aka Christopher Tolle and Jake Cardwell—it means "lo-fi." This, the duo's debut disc, is a tantalizing 36 minutes of semi-precious, dog-eared music. Ranging from acoustic minimalism ("A Thousand Ships") to rockier moments (the Beatle-esque "You Can't Have It All"), it doesn't get more rootsy than this. By turns dreamy ("Victory Parade"), melancholic ("Estranged"), and wryly upbeat ("Liquid Breakfast"), there's a kind of down-in-the-mouth deliciousness to this album. Witness these lyrics from "(Who Will Be) Here to Hear?": "I'm pretty sure you'd kill me/ If you had the chance." The silence has been broken, the cat is out of the bag, and the Belles have arrived.—AZ