When Bellatrix was 18, she formed a group called the Boxettes, and electropop’s NAO emerged from the ensemble. Now Bellatrix is following in NAO’s footsteps by forging her own solo electro career. The artist draws on diverse influences like Björk, M.I.A., and Kate Bush with her highly individual brand of quirky synthpop.
Bellatrix’s latest single, “Golden”, spotlights her musical world with its well-crafted verses building to dizzying choruses with twisted vocals and unusual, unexpected rhythms. “Golden” is a self-contained little universe of inventive and forward-looking pop music. There are nods to hyperpop in the distorted vocals, but the song is so superbly composed that it shifts through different moods and approaches with ease. Bellatrix has a “golden” touch indeed.
Hear “Golden” on the PopMatters Picks Spotify playlist.