"The Great Defector"
"How Your Heart Is Wired"
"The Ribs of a Broken Umbrella"
The Irish pop-rock band Bell X1 has brought its catchy riffs and smart lyrics to America in recent years, long after it had already become a reliable hitmaker in its homeland. The group was initially led by singer Damien Rice under the moniker Juniper, but Rice left the group and was replaced by vocalist/drummer Paul Noonan.
With its danceable hooks and electronic textures, Flock found critical success in the U.S. a few years ago. Bell X1's follow-up, Blue Lights on the Runway, finds the group expanding on its increasingly confident sound. As Noonan sings, "I want to be a better band / and shoot fire from my hand."
Bell X1 joins host David Dye for a special World Cafe Lillywhite Session from Avatar Studios. During its visit, the group discusses how the new album marks a departure from its predecessors, with changes in both production and personnel.