Bellman is a Norwegian alternative singer/songwriter whose debut album, Mainly Mute, was a breakout hit in 2009, garnering critical accolades and featuring the popular single "Spaceship, Move Slow." Born Arne-Johan Rauan and hailing from Larvik, Norway, the singer/songwriter cites influences that include contemporary experimental rock bands such as Sigur Rós and Radiohead; classic pop/rock bands such as the Beach Boys and the Beatles; alternative rock bands of the '90s such as Mercury Rev and Slowdive; and Swedish talents such as Stina Nordenstam.
Upon signing a recording contract with Frode/C+C Records and collaborating with producer Lars Klokkerhaug, Bellman made his album debut in 2009 with Mainly Mute. The album spawned a couple of singles, "Spaceship, Move Slow" and "Celestine," the first of which, originally released in 2008, proved especially popular and reached the #6 on the Norwegian albums chart the first week. Thanks in part to generally enthusiastic critical show-reviews and dedicated fans.
The in-concert recording Live at Sliperiet (2009) was released in the immediate wake of Mainly Mute's critical and commercial success, with only a month's time separating the two albums.
Bellman also jumped on an amazing opportunity when 17 of Norways hottest remixers, such as Of Norway, Rune Lindbaek, Palace of Peasure and Prins Thomas wanted to do a remix of each track from Mainly Mute. This resulted in a 2xCD album called Mainly Mute remixed (2009).
His second album The Curse, released in 2010, also received brilliant reviews and the single Olivia was listed on Norway´s biggest radio station for over 10 weeks. Both albums have been appearing on countless "best album of the year"-lists around the world (ACUVI, NoFearOfPop, Eardrums, Audiozone etc.).
In 2013 Bellman released his third album "Melopoiïa", which was awarded amazing reviews from all over the world. In addition, one of the songs on the album (Accident By Art) was used in the official trailer for the new documentary on the legendary fotball player Paul "Gazza" Gascoigne, which did screen in UK cinemas in June 2015. Soon to hit 370.000 views on YouTube.
The artist has performed live on the biggest TV stations in Norway and South-Korea, and play-listed on the largest radio stations in several countries.
Bellman has been spending his time touring the world for the last three years, and has visited countries such as Russia, China, South-Korea, Japan, Denmark and United Kingdom.
He recently dropped his fourth album, called MORPHOLOGY (2017).
Background/main photo: Natalie Kurtukova, Moscow