Thomas Mullarney and Jacob Gossett, aka Brooklyn duo Beacon, introduced themselves to the world with the No Body and For Now EPs. 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. Both developing and consolidating these ideas, the duo’s debut full length The Ways We Separate sees its official release today.
Meanwhile, there are still a few copies left of The Ways We Separate’s deluxe version, TWWS, which features a sugar mold from Fernando Mastrangelo that cradles the colored vinyl version of the LP inside.
Tycho and Thievery Corporation have been fans of each other’s material for a while now. It makes sense that the two would come together for a split co-release on Ghostly International and Thievery’s own ESL Music label. Side A sees Tycho takes Thievery’s “Fragments,” originally released on 2011’s Culture of Fear, on a synth swirl ride with shades of guitar riffs that create a candy cane-like visual experience. Meanwhile, Rob Garza of Thievery fame grabs the mellow “Ascension,” taken from 2011’s Dive, and makes a slightly dark dance track with hand claps.
In anticipation of his upcoming full length Half Of Where You Live, follow-up to 2010’s Lucky Shiner, today sees the release of the first single from the album. ‘Brazil’ catalogs Gold Panda’s arrival in Sao Paolo: “I wanted to make a track that soundtracked my ride from the airport to downtown” he explains. “The [vocal] sample is kind of like an excited chant, bigging up the place, then it all gets confusing to replicate the traffic and buildings.”
Half Of Where You Live will be released on Ghostly/NOTOWN this June.
On the occasion of Beacon’s first LP The Ways We Separate, Brooklyn-based sculptor Fernando Mastrangelo has created a 13”x13” cast sugar sculptural object that houses the vinyl and which simply reads in bold capital letters TWWS. The prototype was CNC milled in wood, which he then molded in silicone and finally cast in pure white sugar.