The sound soaks itself in warm synthesizers that sparkle and fizz over the colder, dark vocal textures.
Words by Karl Johnson
The second single from Cheshire-hailing project The Reality TV has arrived cloaked in black and tearing at the seams of 80s new wave. Through a soundscape of dancing guitar parts that morph into angular, arrow-like structures through the mix, Beats soaks itself in warm synthesizers that sparkle and fizz over the colder, darker vocal textures.
If you fell head over heels for the lo-fi beast which was debut single Won’t Stop Dreaming, there’s a depth of sound and instrumental muscle to Beats which points to future releases merging a knack for subtly devastating hooks, and a broader palette of textured, and more electronic-focused sound. Mace-Crossley’s vocal is delivered with a caged anxiety and slices through reverberating drum slaps adding to the tumultuous gut feeling of the new release.
Beats was recorded by Benjamin Mace-Crossley within his bedroom studio, a space that seems to echo the afterhours feel and touching lyrical intimacy of The Reality TV. The track was mixed by fellow newcomers Beige Banquet. Find the band on Spotify here.