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The Beat Escape

Life Is Short The Answer’s Long (Bella Union)

£18.50

RELEASED: 27th April 2018 (Subject To Change)
Standard Vinyl LP + Download

Long before they were a band, Montreal duo The Beat Escape took a small first step towards a longer journey at a university video class. “We made a short oddball work; a video piece that followed two characters through a psychedelic waking dream,” say Beat Escapists Addy Weitzman and Patrick A Boivin of their founding collaboration. Many other projects and outside collaborations later, the duo have crafted a debut album their younger selves would be proud of: Released through Bella Union, the sublimely immersive ‘Life Is Short The Answer’s Long’ plays like a waking dream of near-psychedelic electronic pop, moving to its own beat in the push-pull of forward motion and submerged reflection.

That sense of propulsion ushers opener ‘Sign Of Age’ into rising view, its sparse drums, hypnotic sequence and melancholic chords resembling house music as
reimagined by Angelo Badalamenti. The enveloping mood holds as ‘Moon In Aquarius’ unfurls like a nighttime road ahead, ghosted by narcotic harmonies.
‘Limestone Alps’ lingers meditatively, hymnal vocals reverberating. ‘Where Water Ends’ and ‘More Dreams’, meanwhile, navigate the porous boundary lines
between Krautrock, Factory Records and obscure minimal wave records of the 80s.

Tracklist:

  1. Sign Of Age
  2. Moon In Aquarius
  3. Limestone Alps
  4. Where Water Ends
  5. More Dreams
  6. Then I Drift Away
  7. Seeing Is Forgetting
  8. Thousand Pound Shoes
  9. Nemo Propheta