Alt-folk artist Belia (formerly Blue Lobelia) launched her career in 2016 with the release of a 9-track debut album titled Perennial. Entirely self-produced, front woman Rachel Bruch creates an ethereal soundscape by looping layers of vocal harmony, strings and guitar. With lyricism heavily steeped in natural imagery, audiences have compared her earthy blend of classical and indie-folk influence to artists such as Vashti Bunyan and Andrew Bird. In 2017 Belia’s track Wildflower Lore made ‘Ride the Tempo’s Weekly Top 10’ and was featured on CBC’s East Coast music hour. The project has since expanded, bringing on multi-instrumentalist Kurtis McAllister. With a second album in the works, Belia’s evolving sound now showcases jazz influence and a love for experimental improvisation.