Have A Nice Weekend

Jay-Z is playing ACL.

LCD Soundsystem has released two songs into the digital wild.

Resume your regularly scheduled programming.

Here is a the latest track from Beacon, realized I hadn’t shared it yet. According to a bookface post, it is a hint of what to expect from the new record pending on Ghostly. When artists are given the ultimate freedom of the digitally (or analog in the case of classic synths) crafted soundscape, I am disappointed how often that soundscape can be squandered or derivative. The creation of the tones and waves, how they transition and fall into the feeling of the track, maybe a half beat early or late, pitch-shifted or hot cut, will often decide whether or not I will spend two seconds or all day listening to a track. The foundation and eventual fall of the primary groove here, the transition between notes and octaves, the way it disapperas as the track progresses and leaves behind the refrain closing the song, but is still present in melody is why I spent more than two seconds listening.

…and what I say here stands for the bangers and the ambients, dance pop and deep house, you gotta do something with it.

Show Pics: Beacon @ The Parish (2/18)

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Timing. Getting things uploaded, working things between these really awesome announcements. I am sharing pics from a show I was looking forward to since it was announced. Beacon played The Parish. Last SxSW, I was very impressed by their set at the Ghostly International showcase. As always, the translation from showcase mini-set to full on show is anticipated and welcomed. MOAR.

Along for the tour was Natasha Kmeto with local Soundfounder starting things off. Lovely night for the ATH IT Department.

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Show Preview: Beacon @ The Parish TONIGHT!

BeaconBeacon was my favorite thing about SxSW last year, I reckon. Ghostly International put on a great showcase at Swan Dive. Now, Ghostly is releasing the latest from Beacon, Escapements, soon and we get to see them with what is being billed as a phenomenomal 3D display of black and white imagery.

My body is ready. Come and hang with me up front and get the dreamy music-induced swimmy eyes. Tickets are here. Get ’em.

Have A Nice Weekend

10712570_10152332665407611_4852166616909513652_oHope you all had a safe and Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends. We trust you told them all about our super cool website, right?

For your weekend of Black Friday injury recovery, family oddities, college football gambling stress and Premier League drama, take a listen to this fantastic EP from Beacon. Ghostly posted L1 over on their Soundcloud a few days ago and it is a gem. Due 12/2, Preorder the plastic with download over at the Ghostly store.

Beacon – The Ways We Separate

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Rating: ★★½ · ·

There’s been a big push recently in the indie music scene for minimalist, vaguely R&B inspired, experimental electronic music. We’ve seen it from big names like Purity Ring and The XX, and now in lesser known, but by no means less worth listening to, bands such as Beacon. Composed of Brooklyn’s Thomas Mullarney and Jacob Gossett, Beacon released their first musical material last year in the form of two EP’s, both equally simple and stripped down thematic efforts. The Ways We Separate follows in their footsteps as an amplification of these traits, with interesting yet subtle music to fill your speakers.

Opening the album is “Bring You Back,” a single-esque track that introduces the band’s sound quite effortlessly. What begins as a simple electronic soundscape develops into a four minute, eighteen second track with a hooking chorus line for you to sing along to while you groove to the backing electronics. The high-pitched vocals juxtapose nicely with the deeper tones of the beat, to create a swirling combination that evens itself out. The track may seem mild, but it gives you a solid idea of what you are embarking upon in The Ways We Separate: an exploration of minimalism to describe and encapsulate some of the deepest emotions that are felt in love and loss. Such is felt through the deep lyrics that persistently attempt to iterate all the ‘ways’ as mentioned in the album title. Song after song is filled with little gems of lines that all abide by the same theme, collectively adding up to an album that meanders through the dark electronic

Though it tends to be on the meeker spectrum of music, there are some songs on here that make for solid dance numbers. Take the second track “Feeling’s Gone,” which starts on the same simple note as the song prior to it, but doesn’t stay as still as “Bring You Back” does. Towards the end of the track, you get this great little instrumental dance interlude that could easily be utilized on a dance floor to get your body moving.

However, instances such as this are not abundant on The Ways We Separate, leaving for a pretty one-note album, though a good one note. Some nuances can be appreciated and observed, while others seem to blur together in the overall scope of its length, which could potentially turn some listeners away from repeated listens.

Smooth Vibes from Beacon

Beacon_4_photo_by_Will_CalcuttI brought you a couple of hits from Beacon in 2012, and it seems the duo aim to keep making really quieted electro-pop that’s perfect for those mellow nights at your home.  When the song begins, you can see the care that’s placed on allowing the track to enter at its own pace.  Soon a more industrious tinkering of electronics comes in to accompany the warmth of the vocals; you gotta dig it.  The band’s debut album, The Ways We Separate, will be in stores on April 30th via Ghostly, so keep an eye out if you’re interested.

Show Preview: How To Dress Well @ Mohawk (11.29)


Date Thursday, November 29th
Location Mohawk
Doors 9:00 PM
Tickets $12 @ the Door


Thursday nights are always good for rock n’ roll, but in this case, it’s good for an upbeat evening with some electronic stylings brought to you by How to Dress Well.  After releasing Total Loss this year, the band’s star has begun to rise, though the group’s blend of electronica is a lot more soulful than much of the work out there.  The show also features our local favorites, Royal Forest, and a band we’ve recently taken a liking to, Beacon.  If you’re looking for a show to attend, you can’t go wrong by hitting up the Mohawk.

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Download:Beacon – Feeling’s Gone [MP3]

New Slow Jam from Beacon

Seeing as I’m doing work on Sunday with cooling weather and a rain-soaked yard, I feel like this new jam from Beacon warrants your attention.  While a great deal of the work I’ve heard from these guys is a little bit harder-hitting, I really appreciate the way this track unfolds. Electronic elements have a definite pulse, though they slowly unfold here, rising briefly at times, then retreating to their minimal status in the track.  Those looking for a chilled out tune will find solace in this number, which is one of the featured tracks on the band’s For Now EP.

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Download:Beacon – Safety’s Off [MP3]

Downtempo Electro Pop From Beacon

I think I am already sick of the new XX album and don’t even own it. My drive time with SiriusXMU has pretty much locked that up.

As an alternative, we bring you Beacon. It starts low and sultry, and builds from sparse to sweeping. Another Brooklyn-based duo borrowing from R&B and dance pop, They’ll be releasing the For Now EP on October 2nd. Until then, you can stream this song called “Feelings Gone” over at the Ghostly soundcloud.

…or right here.