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Wave Of Mutilation

by Beacon

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At the start of 2019, New York duo Beacon introduced covers into their writing process as a way of breaking out of melodic patterns and discovering new sonic spaces within the songwriting craft of others. Encouraged by a warm response from friends, they decided to properly record and release one of such covers, a piano meditation on the Pixies classic, “Wave of Mutilation.” Inspired by the slower tempo and phrasing of the band’s UK Surf B-side, showcasing the mutability of this song as enacted by the Pixies themselves, Beacon amplify the playfully morbid surreality of Black Francis’ lyrics, said to be about the phenomenon in the 1980s of Japanese businessmen taking their own lives after their businesses failed.

“We wanted it to feel uncanny and have the recognition of the original unfold slowly for the listener rather than being obvious or immediate.”


released January 10, 2020


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Beacon Brooklyn, New York

Brooklyn duo Beacon explore the dark side of sweet melody with a sound thats as seductive as it is subtly discomfiting. They fuse the deceptively sweet melodies of R&B with an intoxicating undercurrent of darkness, drawing on influence as disparate as Warps back catalogue and Underworld. ... more

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