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The Rules

by Billie Gale

Billie Gale songs are soaked in warm reverb, textured with layers of jeweled counter melodies, and they’re arranged with peaks and valleys dynamics to release pent-up emotions.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Atmospheric dream-pop quartet Billie Gale is a musical monument to songwriter Beth Garber's late mother. Billie Gale—the woman—was a classic feminist, a combination of soft and strong, and the band that bears her name shares this intense duality. The band’s enveloping shoegaze textures blanket singer, and primary songwriter, Beth’s boldly vulnerable lyrical outcries.

“Billie Gale is an entity with her own personality, and we all add to that as a band,” Beth shares.

Billie Gale explores beauty borne out of devastating loss. Beth’s songs are literate, introspective, viscerally expressive, and impressionistic, often evoking the rainy-day environs of her native Pacific Northwest. Beth favors clever use of language, intriguing rhyme schemes, and honesty in her writing. She’s influenced by a broad array of artists and writers, including Joni Mitchell, Flannery O’Connor, David Bazan (Pedro The Lion), Aesop Rock, and Death Cab for Cutie, among others.

Billie Gale songs are soaked in warm reverb, textured with layers of jeweled counter melodies, and they’re arranged with peaks and valleys dynamics to release pent-up emotions. The band features the sparkling guitarwork and dimensional textures of Adam Wayne; the durable and counter melodic basslines of Eric Shawn; and the expressively intuitive percussion and drums of Justin Wayne. Billie Gale is currently based in Oakland, California, and has performed at venues across the Bay Area and Portland, including the Doug Fir & Rickshaw Stop.

The band’s debut album, Imprint, documents the mourning and healing processes Beth underwent after her mother’s sudden death in 2013—even the title is packed with elegiac overtones. Here, Beth is referencing the phenomenon in nature when baby birds imprint the site of their mother, and that visual penetration begins the nature of their connection. “Even though my mother has passed away, her characteristics are imprinted on me, and come up even though she’s not there. It goes back to that cliché that we all become like our parents. But, for me, this is a great gift because I can connect with her even after she’s passed on,” Beth shares.

The album’s first single, The Rules, opens with gorgeous swells of ambient texture supported by a spare bass and drum groove. Here, Beth’s voice is spectral and soulful, like she’s singing from another spiritual realm. The song is immersive and whisks the listener with its imaginative, subtly dramatic arrangement which boasts climaxes of raucous musicality and chaotic atmospherics. The feeling after the tune concludes is pure emotional catharsis.

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