photo by Angie Norman
In lieu of a full album, Jake Bellows is offering a listen of what's to come.
The former Neva Dinova frontman has premiered "Help," a song released on a 10-song cassette via Majestic Litter. The five-song side A is on iTunes, and the cassette comes with a download of those five songs, including a demo of Neva Dinova's "Supercomputer." Accompanying "Help" and "Supercomputer" are other B-sides and demos.
“‘Help’ was written about how arbitrary life can seem, and the frustration that comes with attempting to put an order to it,” Bellows says in the song's premiere American Songwriter. “A distracting parade of pointless dancing and cultural randomness, all but impossible to negotiate. The idea that your love can keep someone happy and engaged in the world is a hopeful and positive notion, however improbable it may be.”
Bellows says he hasn't released a tape since 1994. Only 100 tapes were recorded, and 50 were sold at an Omaha concert, leaving just 50 when the tape went on sale Tuesday.
"We went through a bunch of old recordings and compiled a few interesting ones," Bellows says, "with the intent of making something special that will only exist in this limited way.
Ryan Fox (The Good Life), Todd Fink (The Faint), Ben Brodin (ARC Studios) and Neva Dinova bandmate Heath Koontz join Bellows in the band, and "Help" features backing vocals from Bellows' Whispertown bandmate Morgan Nagler. Order the cassette from Majestic Litter and the five songs digitally from iTunes.