Sandy Bell Lives Out Her ‘Entelechy’ With Second Solo Album

[Cover photo credit to R. Brennecke]

Singer/songwriter Sandy Bell has announced new album Entelechy, written during what Bell refers to as a “breakdown on the forest floor”. It was recorded with arrangements by her partner and Producer, Jeff Lipstein in Woodstock, NY. The album was mastered by Chris Gehringer (Lana Del Ray, Rosalia, St. Vincent) at Sterling Sound. 

The word “entelchy” (en-ˈte-lə-kē) originates with Aristotle as ‘’That which realizes or makes actual what is otherwise merely potential.” Related to that, Bell has always been interested in “what can be experienced but not seen.”

Throughout the process of writing the record, she was able to commune with that aspect in herself, which led to positive upheavals. The LP is supported by singles “Monster Trying To Be A Lover” and “Olivia Lumen.” 

Bell’s previous solo debut album, When I Leave Ohio (2017), is a “personal excavation of broken dreams, of the difficulties of love, of the oft quiet rage that can consume oneself and those we love.” 

Bell’s musical past includes working and writing with the Jeff Buckley, and long-term engagements working with George Carlin and Steven Spielberg. But heroin addiction interrupted her creative life and the creation of this new album has been about “the healing and re-socialization” needed in her life.

Growing up in a family that struggled to enact the American dream, Bell developed a “distrust of anything too happy” that has impacted her work. Recent collaborations have included background vocals on Bat For Lashes Mercury Prize nominated album The Bride and a 2022 solo tour with Rachael Yamagata.

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