Here’s a fun fact, ‘Bel Esprit’ is French for “a witty person” and was the name of a fund that poet Ezra Fund set up for fellow writer TS Eliot to get him writing poetry full-time. It’s certainly unique which is why it’s fitting for this four-piece from Southampton and their music.
Bel Esprit (the band) formed in 2013 and have toured the UK extensively over the past couple of years including support for Sundara Karma, The Rising and Nothing But Thieves. They’re 2015 ‘Lose My Mind’ EP has been streamed over 175k times on Spotify and the band have had support from Steve Lamacq, BBC 6 Music, Rob Da Bank, BBC Introducing and more.
Following on from the release of the tender and powerful ‘Crucible’ earlier this year, the band are back with their new single ‘Follow The Sun’, an amorous, indie charmer that has an addictive chorus and plenty of boisterous guitars. It’s a slightly more chilled out track for them compared to their earlier stuff, which showcases the band’s growth over the years all whilst maintaining their slick cool indie status. It’s the perfect song for walks among autumn leaves and watching winter sunsets. It’s also one that will no doubt thrive on the festival circuit next year too; ideal to sway along to, warm cider in hand as Bel Esprit blast it out into a field, the summer sun rising high above, pretty perfect right?
The track is available today, and no sooner has it dropped than the band will be embarking on a UK tour in November and December, starting off at The Camden Assembly on the 21st November and ending with a hometown show at the Heartbreakers in Southampton on the 29th December.
Listen to ‘Follow The Sun’ here
Words by: Rosie Chadwick (@RosieChad)