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Beverly paint with broader sonic strokes on latest track "Contact"

14 March 2016, 09:25 | Written by Michael Mehalick

Born out of a creative partnership between songwriters Frankie Rose and Drew Citron, Brooklyn-based dream-pop group Beverly are approaching their second album as something familiar but undeniably changed. Following the release of Beverly’s great debut, Career, Rose decamped to Los Angeles with her solo work taking over as Citron dug deeper into the growing Bushwick music scene, becoming an integral part of the now essential venue Alphaville shortly after.

Moving from a duo to a fully fleshed out band, Beverly has remoulded without losing much of the wonderfully hazy, reverb-washed aesthetic that charmed the first go around.

The Blue Swell, out 6 May on Kanine Records, was written by Citron during and following extensive touring with Beverly 2.0, and also welcomes in collaborators like producer Scott Rosenthal (The Beets, Crystal Stilts) and Kip Berman (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart) who co-wrote the album’s lead single, “Victoria.”

Beverly recently shared “Contact”, the latest tease from The Blue Swell, which spotlights a move wherein Citron is painting with broader sonic strokes than the crunchier, lo-fi garage-rock of Career. On the track, a fuzzy, gunslinging opening guitar lick rides an elastic bass and steady drums that work towards an atmospheric upshot of a chorus. The larger sound exhibited on “Contact” can be credited, in part, to the particular clang provided by the unfinished concrete walls of Alphaville where recording took place.

“Contact” deals with that empty feeling one experiences after losing a friendship to circumstances. Citron says the track “is about saying goodbye to a friend that’s no longer in your life. At times you’re aggressively angry, at times you feel used, but then it all comes back to feeling bummed that the friendship’s over. You have to let go and you can’t look back.”

Stream Beverly’s “Contact” and keep an eye and ear out for more in advance of The Blue Swell’s release later this Spring. Beverly play SXSW this week and have a short run of UK dates (see below) lined up in May. Full tour dates are here).


16 - The Soup Kitchen, Manchester17 - The Louisiana, Bristol 18 - The Victoria, London

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