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Have you ever seen the movie Begin Again? Set in NYC, it's the story of a washed-up record producer (Mark Ruffalo) who stumbles upon a timid singer/songwriter (Keira Knightley) at an open-mic night and the rest is alleyway recording history.

But that stuff never happens in real life, right? Right.

Except for when it did with the Brooklyn-based band Belle Mare.

About three years ago, 21-year-old London native Amelia Bushell met Thomas Servidone at--you guessed it--an open-mic night in Brooklyn. After a mere two meetings, the duo wrote their first two songs, and months later the band (now five people strong) came out with their first record, The Boat of the Fragile Mind.

Oh, and they did it all in Servidone’s modest Park Slope apartment.

The band has just self-released a melodic EP, Cicada (aptly named for spring in New York, we’d like to believe), and is set to unveil their first full-length album later this year.

Belle Mare has a sound similar to these ladies (just a little more folky dream than pop) and a touring schedule well under way (including a show in Brooklyn April 6), so don’t be surprised if you’re not the only one of your friends who’s listening.

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