BEACHY HEAD – ” Beachy Head “

Posted: May 4, 2021 in MUSIC

Beachy Head, the new group featuring members of Slowdive, Casket Girls, Flaming Lips, and more, will release their debut album at the end of the month via Graveface. Here’s a third song off the album, a nice bit of propulsive dreampop.

For many artists, the periods of downtime between album cycles provide a much-needed respite. They can also be a chance for artists to explore creative outlets outside of song writing. But when famed shoegazers Slowdive took a break in 2019, guitarist Christian Savill decided to keep working. His new dream-pop outfit Beachy Head puts an emphasis on introspection over atmosphere.

Recorded with Savil’s long-time collaborator, multi-instrumentalist Ryan Graveface of The Casket Girls, the album is studded with lush performances from the likes of Steve Clarke, Flaming Lips drummer Matt Duckworth, and Slowdive/Mojave 3 member Rachel Goswell. The end result is a record that combines fuzzed-out rock (the Teenage Fanclub-esque “Looking for Exits”), melodic synth-pop coated in keyboards and digital beats (“Hiddensee”) and dewy shoegaze (“Michael”).

Yet the songs on Beachy Head also have a wistful quality. Goswell’s vocals add a haunted, lonely vibe to the album—especially on the desolate “All Gone”—while the lyrics possess a palpable sense of disconnection and uncertainty. Opening track “Warning Bell” starts with the searing line, “Now I’ve touched you for the last time/ Creature of unhappiness.” The slowcore standout “October,” a song specifically set “in the fading light” of an autumn night, captures the ephemeral nature of one specific moment in a romance. Amid a backdrop of brittle guitars and whispery percussion, Savill sounds vulnerable but hopeful as he tenderly asks, “I see your eyes on me so bright/ How do I know your words won’t fade in the night?” Intimate and piercing, Beachy Head is one of the most compelling debuts of 2021.

from the s/t debut LP out April 30th. Graveface Records 

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