BOOT & SADDLE

1131 S. Broad Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19147

Beacon

Beacon

Lord Raja

Fri, February 20, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Boot & Saddle

Philadelphia, PA

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 21 and over

Beacon
Beacon
Brooklyn duo Beacon explore the dark side of sweet melody with a sound thats as seductive as it is subtly discomfiting. The duo Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett met at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, where they were studying sculpture and painting respectively. They fuse the deceptively sweet melodies of R&B with an intoxicating undercurrent of darkness, drawing on influence as disparate as Warps back catalogue and Underworld.

The duos first release, the No Body EP, consisted of four songs that deftly walked the line between seductive and sinister. The production took as much from electronic music as it did from R&B and hip hop, setting Mullarneys vocals against backdrops that define as much of the songs atmosphere as do the words themselves. That sound was deepened and expanded on 2013s The Ways We Separate, a collection of songs about human relationships set to flickering electronics and driven by Mullarneys soft, aching vocals. Separate was the perfect illustration of Beacons dual nature: electronics pulsed and blinked, but Mullarneys silky, whispering vocals made every song sound like synthetic soul.

Where The Ways We Separate was about space—specifically, the space between people—Escapements

is about time. The title is taken from clock mechanics; escapements are timekeeping regulators designed to transfer energy at a constant pace. “I was attracted to this concept because of the entropy it implies,” Mullarney explains. “Friction and changes in amplitude over time mean every escapement, no matter how well crafted, will lose its accuracy and effectively slow down time via its own decay.”

The songs on Escapements demonstrate a new depth and complexity: “Backbone” is a song that operates in discrete movements—soft dance one moment, haunting elegy the next. The title track lays harplike electronics over a stuttering rhythm track, and “Cure” pops and vibrates endlessly, its jittery and scrambling production the perfect counterpoint to Mullaneys sighing voice. I hope this record proves our restlessness and shows that we really arent content to have only one approach to creating music,” says Mullarney. Gossett agrees. “When you don’t give yourself a specific place to land you never really miss,” he says. “We just tried to trust ourselves and not put limitations on what this record was supposed to be. In that sense, it’s exactly the record we were meant to make.”
Lord Raja
Lord Raja
Chester Raj Anand has always been a precocious creative soul. At the age of six, he discovered music production when his older brother showed him software like ACID and Fruity Loops. That knowledge coalesced with a background in piano, keyboards, and jazz percussion—as well as a fascination with "really raw, scary Aphex Twin" and the "lavish creative energy of the '90s"—setting Anand on his path to becoming the producer we know as Lord RAJA.

His debut album, A Constant Moth, is that cosmic destination, and has been carved out and personalized with a strong sense of texture, rhythm, and spaciousness. Productions like "Skyre" and "Pistol Refix" put forth heavily smashing beats as the foundation of Lord RAJA's palace, while opulent dancefloor heaters "Throw Them Out (System)" and "De Lia Lu Lu" build glittering pillars from juke experiments and low-res electroisms, respectively. Warp affiliate Jeremiah Jae graces the atonal thump of "Van Go" with his sharp stanzas, and beatless synth composition "Gottfried Semper" billows in the astral landscape's warm breeze. As far as we can discern, A Constant Moth is the most eclectic and fully realized depiction of Lord RAJA's far-off galaxy to date.
Venue Information:
The Boot & Saddle
1131 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19147
http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com