Incredibly happy to announce ‘Max Heart’ — the sophomore album from Kalbells, aka Kalmia Traver (of Rubblebucket), Angelica Bess (Body Language), Zoë Brecher (Hushpuppy, Sad13), & Sarah Pedinotti (Lip Talk) — out March 26 on NNA Tapes.
‘Max Heart’ is available to pre-order on standard black 🖤 & “Salty Pickle” green vinyl 💚 as well as on compact disc & digital formats. The album will be available on “Red Marker” red vinyl exclusively from local indie record stores.
‘Max Heart’ explores what happens when we let go of what doesn’t serve us in order to leave space for the blessings that do. The album’s ten vibrant and subtly layered tracks of mesmerizing psychedelic synth pop (co-engineered with Luke Temple) were birthed from the band’s practice of listening and accountability, rejoicing in their queerness, and promoting each other to be their most genuine selves. ‘Max Heart’ is a portrait of badass women harnessing their improvisational magic.
The effervescent lead single “Purplepink” is out today, and the video, conceptualized and directed by Lisa Schatz, features 3D animated rocket ships, faceless furry creatures, a 30 foot glittery hologram of Maddie Rice (Jon Batiste’s Stay Human, Saturday Night Live Band) shredding on guitar, and Kalbells as warrior space queens. 🚀
NNA is overjoyed to release ‘Mothertime,’ — the new EP from Kalbells, the project led by multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Kalmia “Kal” Traver.
Co-produced with Jeremy Malvin (aka Chrome Sparks), ‘Mothertime’ sees Kal processing themes she has been continually chewing on in the 6-year wake of surviving ovarian cancer and transforming a codependent relationship wither her long-time music partner: resilience, yielding, beckoning creativity, self-exploration, and joy. “It’s something I feel proud to have moved and grown through,” she says, “and I hope writing about it can be a form of revealing the illusion, and healing.”
‘Mothertime’ [NNA126] is available from our shop and on Bandcamp, on limited edition cassette and digital formats.
Super exciting news to share today – NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series with Kalbells is now live! Kalbells, the solo music of Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket), made their debut on NNA last summer with the acclaimed full-length album ‘Ten Flowers,’ and have since been touring and performing all across the US with an amazing full band. They recently stopped by NPR headquarters in Washington, DC to meet up with Bob Boilen and the Tiny Desk crew to record a live performance in the outstanding Tiny Desk tradition. Click here to watch!
“The band makes life-affirming music that Kalmia created over the past few years, filled with the triumph of being cancer free. The joie de vivre is palpable.” –Bob Boilen, NPR Muisc
Today we are overjoyed to release Kalbells ‘Ten Flowers’ into the world. This record has been a long beautiful organic process that birthed music filled with joy, wonder + the human spirit. We get to hear the collaboration between Rubblebucket’s front woman Annakalmia Clark Traver and producer + NNA Tapes artist Ryan Power as musical worlds collide to produce a record that hopefully everyone can find a moment within to enjoy.
A glorious interview with Annakalmia Clark Traver of Rubblebucket on her debut solo record, “Ten Flowers”. Kal talked the origins of the record, battling cancer, working with NNA artist Ryan Power + the joy of writing music.
“Writing the album was a big part of my healing, because the record is so much about detoxing and letting your body and your cells express what they need to. That period of writing was pretty transformative for me.” – Annakalmia Clark Traver