In the world of Belau a constant buoyant mood and a sense of optimism meets innovative electronic beats. The message of Belau is a simple one: leave the busyness and monotony of everyday life behind, get rid of our barriers, and experience every moment to its fullest. Belau takes their listeners to cheerful places, filled with sunshine, where one can relax, unwind and find peace and harmony. The music starts you on an inner journey which is a gift in our world of increasing isolation.
This genre of elegant and clean beats capturing the feeling of summer has been dubbed as "sundowntempo". The debut song of Belau, Island of Promise was released in late 2015. A single-take music video has been shot for the song by critically-acclaimed and award-winning director, Attila Damokos. The music video won the Hungarian Video Music Award’s Special Prize and it was the music video of the year at some of the biggest Hungarian sites.
Now it counts nearly 300.000 views. The first Belau song has been chosen the top hits of 2015 at Deezer Hungary and the biggest Hungarian news portal, Index; also appears in a famous HBO series called Aranyélet (Golden Life). The single later was released on a remix EP, where relevant Hungarian EDM producers – e.g. Paperdeer, Muzikfabrik, damien or Sammie Beats – reimagined Island of Promise in their style.
The long awaited second Belau single, Distant Bay – also featuring the vocals of Dóri Hegyi – continued the journey and took the audience to a sunshine and peaceful land again. In early 2016 the project expanded and became a duo with a longtime friend, Krisztián Buzás. Later this year Belau has returned with a new single featuring some flawless vocals from the young and aspiring talent, Böbe Szécsi, who also sings in the live act of Belau. You And I was released with an extraordinary lyric video and was performed live on Balcony TV.
After the project turned into a band (featuring several session musicians) Belau had at least 40 live performances during the summer of 2016. They played at major festivals like Sziget, Untold, Balaton Sound, also in some of the nearby countries and performed at well-known Hungarian venues like A38 or Akvárium. Tunes of Belau are also featuring in international commercials for Pepsi (33 countries) and Telenor. The debut full-length album of the band, The Odyssey has been finally released at the 16th of November 2016 with 12 new songs featuring several guest vocalists from the Hungarian underground scene, like Myra Monoka, Bogi Dallos, Antonia Vai, Böbe Szécsi or Sára Herrer. The LP brought a groundbreaking success with a double sold-out show at A38, they had a chance to perform in the UK, London and the possibilities for Belau are just increasing since then.
One of them is the greatest honor so far: winning the Hungarian Grammy’s, the Fonogram-awards for the best electronic album of the year. The long term goals of the ever-growing project include the creation of multiple concept LPs, each capturing the vibe of a different geographical region around the world and to tour around Europe reaching as many people as possible. Belau is ready to show itself to the world! Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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