The best music is music that can make you think as well as feel, sounds that are as visceral as they are cerebral. And the best love songs are those that acknowledge that the power of human sexuality can be just as terrifying as it is thrilling, that the passion that leads us to love can also lead us into dark, dark places.
Welcome to the world of Brooklyn duo Beacon, who explore the dark side of the sweet melody with a sound that’s as seductive as it is subtly discomfiting. The duo—Thomas Mullarney III + Jacob Gossett—met at Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute, where they were studying sculpture & painting respectively. As with many other great musical partnerships, this one involves 2 disparate sets of influences coming together to form a sound that’s both fresh & exciting. They fuse the deceptively sweet melodies of R&B with an intoxicating undercurrent of darkness, drawing on influence as disparate as Warp’s back catalogue & Underworld.
The fusion of these two sounds – R&B’s melody and sexuality, electronic music’s complexity &, especially, the bass-heavy sound design of Mullarney’s influences (“Bass is key to our music,” he enthuses, “big, thunderous rap bass”) – would provide a blueprint for Beacon’s own sound: there’s a duality at play here, an idea of something dark lurking beneath a sleek veneer, a sense of latent conflict and uncertain resolution. “I think the balance of inhibitions is at the core of my own songwriting,” says Mullarney. “The love songs we write are ones that have an inherent guilt implied. Inside love lives a more sinister, carnal element that is constantly being subdued or released.”
Beacon released their 1st EP, No Body, on Moodgadget and they’re offering it for free HERE. The duo’s 2nd EP & their Ghostly debut, For Now, will be released on 10.02. It includes 5 songs that continue the band’s exploration of the dark spaces under the surface of human relationships. Stream the 1st track below + listen to my favorite tracks from their debut EP. You can also download a brand new remix Beacon just uploaded to the web.
Feeling’s Gone // from the upcoming For Now EP
See Through You // from No Body
Exhale // from No Body
Bear In Heaven // Kiss Me Crazy (Beacon Remix) ϟ download