“Bring You Back,” the first new song available from Beacon’s upcoming full-length debut The Ways We Separate puts an icepack on the typical progressive electronica we hear from Ghostly – something How To Dress Well fans can appreciate. The shimmering and mellowed out synthesizer sequencing along with adept drum machine application make a track that is fit to listen to while sitting by a lit up pool in the middle of the night, just relaxing and gazing in to the sky that’s hopefully not riddled with light pollution from your surrounding neighbors. The second track available off of the album right now, “Feeling’s Gone,” actually comes from an EP released last year by Beacon called For Now, which was also released on Ghostly. At a slightly faster tempo, “Feeling’s Gone” takes a bigger dive in to the 90s pool of influence, which is by no means a bad thing. This is a track you’d be more likely to hear as a part of the ambiance at a ritzy high-rise nightclub. To preview “Bring You Back,” click the “Buy Now” link, and the player will be right below all the item descriptions. I’ve linked “Feeling’s Gone” on the YouTube video below. April 29th is when the album will officially release. The dusty rose vinyl is $18, while the black vinyl is $16. Cheers!

The Details

Vinyl Notes:
Limited edition dusty rose vinyl is exclusive to The Ghostly Store and limited to 250 units
12" standard weight black vinyl limited to 1,250 units
Vinyl is inserted into original inner art sleeves
2-panel art sleeve printed jacket with a 3mm spine on a matte stock finish
Vinyl Includes download card
Illustrations by Langdon Graves
Font and layout by Michael Cina

Thomas Mullarney and Jacob Gossett, aka Brooklyn duo Beacon, introduced themselves to the world with the No Body and For Now EPs, both released last year on Ghostly International. The EPs were united by minimalist, R&B-influenced instrumentation, and also by a lyrical theme, with both serving as meditations on the darkness that underpins the most intense of human emotions: love.

The duo's debut album The Ways We Separate both consolidates and develops these ideas. The album focuses, as the title suggests, on the idea of separation — both within the context of relationships and in a more intimate, psychological sense. As Mullarney explains, "The narrative contained inside The Ways We Separate deals with two kinds of separation: one where two entities grow apart, and the other where we grow apart from ourselves. Over the course of a relationship, the two sometimes happen together, one being the result of the other."

Desires, passions and regrets are central to the songs on The Ways We Separate, which take a variety of perspectives to construct a nuanced reflection on the album's central theme. 'Between the Waves' draws a clever analogy between relationships and soundwaves falling out of phase: "I know all the ways we separate/ Where we start to fade at different frequencies." 'Overseer' catalogues a parting of the ways with discomfiting clarity: "Isn't it fine?/ Taking it slow?/ Watching you watch me walk out your door." And album closer 'Split in Two' explores how th extremes of love and loss can take you far away from being the person you thought you were, making explicit the connection between the two ideas of separation: "What I'd do for you?", sings Thomas Mullarney, "Split myself in half/ Divided into two."

Musically, The Ways We Separate finds Beacon working with a richer sonic palette than ever before —as Gossett says, "The production on this album is much more expansive than anything we've done thus far. We spent a lot of time exploring new gear and experimenting with how to pull a wide range of sound out of various instruments. Some of the key sonics that shaped this LP are analogue synthesis, lots of heavily processed guitar work, and vocal layering/processing." While the abiding mood remains that of late-night introspection, the production draws from elements of hip hop and a wide gamut of electronic music, marrying intricate beats and subtle textures to honeyed pop melodies that belie the album's conceptual depth. Rarely has bleakness sounded so pretty — this is a record that's deceptively, compellingly beautiful, an exploration of a place both discomfiting and darkly seductive.

Price $18

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