Glockabelle is Annabelle Cazes. She plays two Casio VL-Tones, a lyre-shaped glockenspiel with eight thimbles and sings in both French and English. Her wild sound stems from a combination of inspiration and circumstance. Born to Francophone parents, she was educated both stateside and in France. After discovering the sound of the vintage Casio VL-Tone, Glockabelle began blending her classical piano techniques with modern synth-pop sounds resulting in a dance-rock pandemonium of rhythm and tone. She also developed a unique approach to playing the glockenspiel not with mallets but with eight sewing thimbles.
In 2008 Glockabelle toured with Fiery Furnaces, landing her a set at the Bonnaroo Music Festival. In 2010, she composed an original piece for the Paris Cinema Festival which was broadcasted in both French Cinemas and on national television. She has appeared on the Chris Gethard Show, the BJ Rubin Show, WFMU, performed at Art Basel Miami,
opened for James Chance and Marnie Stern and performed with Shy Child at the Montreux Jazz Festival. The New York Times said of her performance at Bonnaroo, “Technique in action: The glockenspiel has a new heyday in indie-rock, following a lineage from Phil Spector through the E Street Band through U2’s first album to the Arcade Fire.
But I haven’t seen one played the way the Fiery Furnaces did: not with mallets, but with thimbles on fingertips. That can make for more simultaneous notes, more busy metallic pling.”
In 2015, Glockabelle was a featured vocalist on the Go! Team’s album The Scene Between with the song “Catch Me on the Rebound.”
She released her ‘Wolf BBQ’ EP in May 2015, which was hailed by SPIN as “Anarchic Enchantment” and the A.V. Club as “[showcasing] her art-punk, synth-pop provocateur music with gleeful abandon, while still highlighting her exquisite musicianship”.
In June 2015, she toured Europe opening for the Go! Team and in September 2015, she performed at the Toronto International Film Festival as her playing was featured an official festival selection, “Concerning the Bodyguard.”
She plans to release her first album in 2016.