Beat Connection's Electro-Pop 'Product 3' Out Now on Anti- Records
Fri, 23 Oct 2015 13:44:44
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In 2013, Beat Connection, a Seattle four piece consisting of Tom Eddy, Mark Hunter, Reed Juenger, and Jarred Katz, released its debut album, The Palace Garden, on small UK Moshi Moshi imprint Tender Age Records. Though the album, with its groove oriented, epic dance jams—a jungle of polyrhythms, melodic synths, and smooth vocals, something like Lykke Li meets Vampire Weekend—promptly sold out, it lingered under the radar, a fantastic first offering that somehow went woefully underrated.
Thankfully Anti- stepped in to make things right. The group's first release with the revered label, Product 3, drops today, and has already grabbed some fantastic reviews. "The songs are understated yet energetic, with an eccentric genre palette that deftly cuts a path through electronic pop, rock, hip-hop, and R&B without ever plunging head-on into any one sound," says Stereogum. "It's all catchy verses atop relaxed, feel-good instrumentation that lets its various components subtle shimmer in and out of the mix."
KEXP writes, "With Product 3 Beat Connection maintain the eclectic dance collage that have defined their incredibly interesting career thus far…[it's] the record they have been working towards for a long time, and the result is pristine."
Based on the group's new singles "Illusion" and "So Good" (with videos to match, see below), Product 3 reveals a nice progression in sound, elevating the dance party aesthetic of Palace Garden to a more chilled out plane, summoning the more vibey themes of LCD Soundsystem, or Junior Boys. It's worth a listen, and then some.
Listen to Product 3 from Beat Connection:
You can also stream The Palace Garden over at bandcamp, or right here, right now:
Watch the music video for "So Good" from Beat Connection:
Watch the music video for "Illusion" from Beat Connection:
More information about Beat Connection and its upcoming tour on the band's website.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
Purchase Beat Connection music at iTunes.