Velvet Belly was formed in Kristiansand (Norway) in 1989 by Kay Rune Rasmussen, Tor Henning Leh and Pål Aanensen. They were joined by vocalist Anne Marie Almedal the following year. Her vocal was wrapped in a vague and melancholy soundscape dominated by synthesizers, programming and sampling to the band’s regular producer Erik Honoré. Their debut album ‘Colours’ was released in 1992. ‘Little lies’ followed in 1993, but it was only until their third album ‘Window Tree’ (1994) was released that they found some critical and commercial acclaim. The album landed them a contract with BMG which re-released the album with a new cover with Europe as a market.
Vidar Ersfjord joined the band for the album ‘Lucia’ which was released in 1997. This album was re-released in Europe and Japan two years later and included a bonus track: a cover version of The Man With The Child In His Eyes. The album ‘Velvet Belly’ (2003) is the band’s last release to date.