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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.
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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
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 thing 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.
(added: 2013-02-27 13:25:07 )
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