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Baltimoreans Nathan Bell (ex-Lungfish) and Dave Heumann (Arbouretum) first started playing music together sometime after the start of ‘99 and definitely before the end of ‘01. It was soon apparent that they’d hit upon a winning combination - they found an unusual synergy of writing styles that has enabled them, at times, to compose a whole album’s worth of songs together in the course of a leisurely afternoon. The style of music that they found themselves playing defies categorization, but has been described by listeners as containing aspects of minimalism, pre-war american blues/folk, and middle eastern and african musics.

Throughout the past two years, Human Bell has played shows with: the Silver Jews, Bonnie Prince Billy, Joe Lally (ex- Fugazi), Endless Boogie, Warmer Milks, Aminadab, Sir Richard Bishop, Jackie-O MF, Autumn Defense (members of Wilco), Asa Irons (Feathers & Witch), Otto Hauser (Espers), and Tara Jane O’Neil.
Human Bell’s first official full-length will be released by Thrill Jockey Records ( on January 29th, 2008. It was mostly recorded in Selbyville, Kentucky by Paul Oldham. It is available for preorder now.


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  • adrianalalala


    2 May 2012 Reply
  • messo

    W00t!!! A Human Bell release I didn't know about called Two Guitars is on Nathan's bandcamp site!!! (P.S. Just realised that I post too much on this page ;)

    1 Jun 2011 Reply
  • ProjectedSky

    Beautiful music!

    12 May 2011 Reply
  • messo

    Nathan from Human Bell has a great new album out. You can stream/buy it on his bandcamp profile.

    13 Apr 2011 Reply
  • beontime

    great record. extraordinary sound.

    18 Apr 2010 Reply
  • wagamamax

    Il n’est pas toujours nécessaire d’être ivre pour que le monde soit peu sûr

    14 Mar 2010 Reply
  • mas2don

    Cant get enough of this band... makes me wanna observe landscapes.. New album soon?

    3 Feb 2010 Reply
  • KyoteeSun

    it's a very good mix of Husky, Earth, Six Organs of Admitance and Hush Arbors...dunno if Post Rock is the right label...but definitely instrumental Psyche/Folk Rock

    29 Dec 2009 Reply
  • MadBusic


    15 Nov 2009 Reply
  • bustertheblade

    Really glad I found this band. I love the mix of blues and drones and horns and hard/soft guitars. Definitely for fans of "post-rock" but not so much a post-rock band. Something like Neil Young crossed with Bardo Pond, in a really good way.

    8 Oct 2009 Reply
  • starkemptiness

    Huh, it's got guitars and drums, so I guess it must be be post-rock : )

    13 Sep 2009 Reply
  • messo

    Nathan Bell made a music profile here on under the artist name Osmodius Bell. Lots of wonderful banjo music to stream :)

    29 Aug 2009 Reply
  • touristas

    beautiful stuff

    28 May 2009 Reply
  • Arbusy

    where is it possible to get their first ep from 2006?

    18 Apr 2009 Reply
  • messo

    Another live recording from 2006 available here. Big thanks to The Baltimore Taper (aka Jeff) for reuploading it.

    1 Apr 2009 Reply
  • BarahSachman

    i love huummaaann bellll

    29 Oct 2008 Reply
  • messo

    Hey, Human Bell posted a link to a free WNYU radio concert mp3 on their myspace. You can find it here. I've edited the show into only having HB, and made individual tracks instead of one big. Just PM me if you're interested ;)

    30 Apr 2008 Reply
  • messo

    So fucking good!!! Reminds me of David Pajo's earlier stuff. Only bluesier ;)

    13 Apr 2008 Reply
  • ElBandido

    Great band indeed!

    12 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Babs_05

    NNME recommends. : )

    2 Mar 2008 Reply
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