The brightest stars are the ones bathed in the light of their neighboring suns. Springing from the edge of the eclectic Baltimore music scene and the mind of multi-instrumentalist Joseph Mulhollen, Joseph & The Beasts traffic in counter-rhythms that build from muted whispers to fevered crescendos, with each movement punctuating the group’s layered soundscapes. The band’s first full-length release, Gold Light, builds on Mulhollen’s solo work by bringing to bear the full weight of the talent that surrounds the Buffalo-native-turned-
Recorded by Steve Wright at WrightWay Studios in Baltimore, Gold Light finds the band reaching towards former plans and approaches, deconstructing them, and re-building from the ground up to provide an output that teeters between the raw, delicate, aggressive, and introspective. New listeners may notice nods to PJ Harvey, Sonic Youth, and Jeff Buckley’s falsetto. But the totality of these facets effects something utterly unique, and Gold Light presents an epic journey of powerful, complex anthems full of surprises and executed with stunning precision.
“… Joseph & The Beasts champion a compelling harmony of textured vocals, and experimental soundscapes… This dynamic, electronic vista could just as easily been set to the backdrop of an interplanetary voyage.” -IMPOSE
RIYL: Yeasayer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, PJ Harvey, Caveman, Aan, Animal Eyes, Fleet Foxes, Rogue Wave, Grizzly Bear
Recommended Tracks: Track 2, “Tangled Tern,” Track 4, “You Rebel, You,” Track 6, “Name,” Track 10, “Tremors
Preview the album below.
FCC Advisory: Track 6, “Name” contains the word “Go**amn”