11 Songs, 41 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The second album from Brooklyn duo Beacon patiently explores the overlap between hushed electro-pop and late-night R&B. Their rhythms vary: "Cure" rides a flickering footwork beat, and "Preserve" adopts house's steady pulse, but mostly, as on "Backbone" and "Still," they follow the broken syncopations of bass music. Synths rarely rise above the level of a whisper, nor does Thomas Mullarney III’s voice, a breathy falsetto that suggests shadow-dwellers like Sade and Talk Talk. "I'm you," he sings on the opening "IM U," summing up the intimacy of music that feels more dreamed than heard.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The second album from Brooklyn duo Beacon patiently explores the overlap between hushed electro-pop and late-night R&B. Their rhythms vary: "Cure" rides a flickering footwork beat, and "Preserve" adopts house's steady pulse, but mostly, as on "Backbone" and "Still," they follow the broken syncopations of bass music. Synths rarely rise above the level of a whisper, nor does Thomas Mullarney III’s voice, a breathy falsetto that suggests shadow-dwellers like Sade and Talk Talk. "I'm you," he sings on the opening "IM U," summing up the intimacy of music that feels more dreamed than heard.

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About Beacon

A downtempo electronic duo that, like Telefon Tel Aviv and Junior Boys before them, creatively incorporate elements of contemporary R&B, Beacon consist of Jacob Gossett and Thomas Mullarney III. The two met at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute and, in April 2011, they released a pair of single tracks as free downloads on their Bandcamp page. They made their official debut that November with No Body, a hushed but deeply rhythmic four-track EP released through the Moodgadget label. Throughout the following year, the duo toured the U.S., opening for the likes of Gold Panda, Tycho, and Oneohtrix Point Never. That October, they linked with Ghostly International, who released the five-track For Now EP. Beacon's hushed first album, The Ways We Separate, was released in April 2013. Another EP, released in December 2014, featured some relatively active moments that presaged the faster tempos and more physical sounds heard on second album Escapements, issued in February 2016. ~ Andy Kellman

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