After the release of Beacon’s L1 EP on Ghostly International, the duo offer up a stream of Dauwd’s remix of single “Fault Lines” which will be released digitally on Tuesday, January 13th.
For much of the Brooklyn duo’s career, Beacon has worked with a kind of effervescent, forward-looking R&B that evokes out-of-body experiences, but with their new L1 EP, the music is anchored assuredly to your flesh, bone, and physical senses. The brawny synth timbres which open lead track “Fault Lines” and the stomping beats bolstering gauzy falsettos on confident songs like “Minor Structures” set the tone for a new phase in Beacon’s evolution, one geared toward the movements and magnetism of human bodies. As producer Jacob Gossett puts it, “Our records have often been described as moments after the night has given way, a ‘comedown after the club.’ Hopefully, this record inspires people to go back out for one more.”
Dauwd transforms the “brawny synth” of Beacon’s track “Fault Lines” into a rolling melodic house track that loses none of the allure and power of the original. Being a huge fan of Ghostly artists Com Truise, Mathew Dear and Gold Panda already, his choice to release on the label after the creative silence from the producer between 2011 and 2013 was certainly fitting. It also marked a shift in his production from the garage leaning beats of his early days to a more mature 4/4 beat, something that is evident in the ‘Fault Lines’ remix.
Dauwd was born in the US but spent most of his formative years in rural Wales. The detached upbringing “was a drawback and a blessing” says Dauwd. He creates music with complexity most contemporary producers shy away from. Found sounds are thickly laden over multi-timbred synths. Vocal and instrumental stabs punctuate organic and evolving passages guided always by driving percussion and immaculate low-end production. His productions are full and intricate with a wealth of sounds building warm atmospheres that are unusual within dance music.
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Beacon will set off on a North American tour later this month. A full run of dates can be found below.
01.22 Portland, OR @ HOLOCENE
01.23 Seattle, WA @ BARBOZA
01.24 Vancouver, BC @ ELECTRIC OWL
01.25 Spokane, WA @ THE BARLETT
01.28 San Francisco, CA @ RICKSHAW STOP
01.30 Los Angeles, CA @ THE ECHO
01.31 San Diego, CA @ CASBAH
02.12 Allston, MA @ GREAT SCOTT
02.14 Brooklyn, NY @ BABY’S ALL RIGHT
02.19 Washington, DC @ DC9
02.20.14 Philadelphia, PA @ BOOT & SADDLE