New York-based producer and multi-instrumentalist Beshken is self-releasing his album Aisle of Palm, d ue June 17th. Arriving on the heels of two 2018 singles, “Victim”, “The Medicine” and the 2017 EP, For Time Is the Longest Distance Between Two People, t his latest record coalesces elements of indie, experimental dance, ambient, psychedelia and dream-pop. It’s a highly personal testament to Beshken’s chameleonic dance between genres. Exploring the point where acoustic recording and digital rendering meet, Aisle of Palm is an effective lesson in how field recordings, synthesizers, and introspective lyrics can fuse into a challenging, yet accessible format.
Beshken wrote the LP in late 2017 while living in Berlin, influenced by an existential chapter adapting to a foreign place and ruminating on sleepless nights. These periods of transition from place to place or wakefulness to sleep can be vulnerable and isolating--the first step in letting one’s unconscious have agency. Beshken is content at this hypnagogic junction, seeing it as fertile ground for meditation and new beginnings, “The record is brooding and tempestuous--but I was also aiming to explore the levity in disorienting moments”.
Synth and bass sounds in the single “Cursed” are actually noises from the echochamber-like geodesic domes of Teufelsberg, a Cold War-era listening station just outside the German capital. “Focus On” is a mantra to living life in the present, the lyrics repetitive and reassuring. In “Golden Sun”, a haunting Moog Mother-32 modular synthesizer complements a garage-inspired groove. Beshken’s falsetto evokes emotion on “Gray Ghost”, while the song outro elicits videogame-like circuitry.
Elsa Hewitt is a prolific producer and songwriter, known for making avant-garde electronic music. Mesmerising and deceptively experimental, her music merges currents of lo-fi house, future garage, dub-techno, experimental-techno and hip-hop, with hazy textural ambience, well honed songwriting and spoken word. It is a distinctive yet unpredictable sound that continues to evolve with every release. In 2016, following over twelve years developing her songwriting and aptitude for creating albums, the talented artist won the PRS Foundation's Lynsey de Paul Prize and was shortly after selected for Brownswood’s Future Bubblers Year 2 collective. Consequently in 2017 there came the release of three albums; 'Cameras From Mars', 'Dum Spiro Spero' and 'Peng Variations', which are now collectively entitled 'Becoming Real Trilogy'. In 2018 Hewitt produced 'Quilt Jams', consisting of 13 improvised, minimal and ambient compositions, 'Given' for 'Future Bubbers 2.0’, progressive pop single 'Invisible Threads', the 'Becoming Real - Trilogy Compilation' vinyl, and created and performed work for the Open Music Archive and The Jazz Cafe. Elsa Hewitt’s newest album 'Citrus Paradisi' is released on 1st March 2019, making it her fifth album release in two years.