Beacon are a pair of New Yorkers, crafting sleek electro-pop with a lithe twist. For Escapements, their second album, they’ve enlisted extra help from Rory O’Connor, the drummer from Tycho, bringing some live percussion into the electronic mix. Released by the Ghostly International label.
7/10 Jamie Staff review, 16 February 2016
Beacon are a duo of New Yorkers crafting sleek electro-pop. "I'm U" instigates the smooth proceedings with low pulses and atmospheric synth which weaves its way throughout the song and a pleasing Kindness style vocal; "We live in unreasonable times" he sings - who could disagree with that? Not me. The song develops with a pleasant chorus, multi tracked vocal and wide sonic palette with some very nice drums. The kind of thing Junior Boys used to do / sometimes still do so well. It ends, "What do you want me to do?"
More songs like this is the answer to that, perhaps with the odd quicker number. Which is what we get on the almost 2-step "Preserve" with its perfectly sculpted pop structure, a rhythm like Carl Craig in house mode and Azari & III informed NY house moves. Sleek indeed. It got my foot tapping and shoulders popping first thing on a Tuesday morning. The "Escapements" of the title and stand-out track are seductive without a doubt, invoking the R&B of my dreams, if made by Burial and Kindness. A very pleasant listening experience.
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