Jakob Bellens – Beneath a Cloud (Jakob Bellens)
Musicians: Vocal/piano: Jacob Bellens, Electric Bass: Anders ‘AC’ Christensen Strings: LiveStrings: Karen Johanne Pedersen, violin. Naja Heler, viola. Live Johansson, cello - Strings arranged by Nicolai Kornerup, Backing vocals: SONG Choir Copenhagen.
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Jacob Bellens appears in courtesy of Hfn Music.
I wrote this song sometime around 2008, just after meeting my girlfriend and set out to write a modern take on the 70’s piano ballad. I had it lying around for some time, not really knowing what to do with it and ended up recording a heavily synthesized vocoder version with my band I Got You On Tape for our fourth album ‘Church of the Real’ in 2011.
Since then, I’ve been coming back to the original feeling quite a few times when playing my solo sets, which is why it felt like an obvious candidate when DALI asked me to do a recording for them. The track consists of piano, electric bass, strings and a choir and I am very glad to finally have a version that fits my original intention for the song.
Recorded in Medley Studios 29.08.17: Desk SSL9000j, YAMAHA C3 mini grand AKG C12 stereo pair, Bruel & Kjar 4011 stereo ambience, VOCAL Neumann M49, CHOIR Bruel & Kjar 4011 overheads, Neumann U89 close miked, V1 4011, U89, V2 4011, 414. B KM64, U87. CELLO KM64, U47. AMB 4006 stereo, OH 4011 stereo, M U47 S ribbon mt82.
Mixing: Desk SSL9000j, Vocal: NTP 179-100, Tubetech C1, Pultec EQP-1A, dbx 900 deess.
Master: Neve 33655, Pultec EQP-1A3 stereo pair, Otari MTR 12 2-track tape machine.
This track started out as a simple live recording with piano, vocal and bass, and ended up with a string quartet and a choir ensemble consisting of 16 women and 10 men.