Austra ‘Olympia’ Listening Party – Tickets – Glasslands Gallery – Brooklyn, NY – January 25th, 2013

Austra 'Olympia' Listening Party

Austra 'Olympia' Listening Party

Beacon (DJ Set), Heathered Pearls (DJ Set)

Fri, January 25, 2013

Doors: 11:30 pm / Show: 11:30 pm

Glasslands Gallery

Brooklyn, NY

$5.00

Tickets Available at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Austra 'Olympia' Listening Party
Austra 'Olympia' Listening Party
"Toronto's Austra is epically haunting electro that darkly throbs with thunderously rich club beats... the kind of booming beats that go creep in the night.

The trio is comprised of Katie Stelmanis, Maya Postepski and Dorian Wolf, and together they make those kinds of sounds that get under your skin and cling to your bones.

Their recent release, The Beat and the Pulse, is not only a perfect title for what this band sounds like, but it's also super solid in its dark, ambient awesomeness. It's got a mighty good goth-y groove going on... maybe The Knife meets Cold Cave or something.

Oh yeah, that 12" was put out by One Big Silence (also home to Diamond Rings), the record label run by Mike Haliechuk of Fucked Up. Anyway, you should check out Austra. They'll change your mood. " ohmyrockness
Beacon (DJ Set)
Beacon (DJ Set)
Thomas Mullarney and Jacob Gossett, aka Brooklyn duo Beacon, introduced themselves to the world with the No Body and For Now EPs, both released last year on Ghostly International. The EPs were united by minimalist, R&B-influenced instrumentation, and also by a lyrical theme, with both serving as meditations on the darkness that underpins the most intense of human emotions: love.

The duo’s debut album The Ways We Separate both consolidates and develops these ideas. The album focuses, as the title suggests, on the idea of separation — both within the context of relationships and in a more intimate, psychological sense. As Mullarney explains, “The narrative contained inside The Ways We Separate deals with two kinds of separation: one where two entities grow apart, and the other where we grow apart from ourselves. Over the course of a relationship, the two sometimes happen together, one being the result of the other.”

Desires, passions and regrets are central to the songs on The Ways We Separate, which take a variety of perspectives to construct a nuanced reflection on the album’s central theme. ‘Between the Waves’ draws a clever analogy between relationships and soundwaves falling out of phase: “I know all the ways we separate/ Where we start to fade at different frequencies.” ‘Overseer’ catalogues a parting of the ways with discomfiting clarity: “Isn’t it fine?/ Taking it slow?/ Watching you watch me walk out your door.” And album closer ‘Split in Two’ explores how the extremes of love and loss can take you far away from being the person you thought you were, making explicit the connection between the two ideas of separation: “What I’d do for you?”, sings Thomas Mullarney, “Split myself in half/ Divided into two.”

Musically, The Ways We Separate finds Beacon working with a richer sonic palette than ever before —as Gossett says, “The production on this album is much more expansive than anything we’ve done thus far. We spent a lot of time exploring new gear and experimenting with how to pull a wide range of sound out of various instruments. Some of the key sonics that shaped this LP are analogue synthesis, lots of heavily processed guitar work, and vocal layering/processing.” While the abiding mood remains that of late-night introspection, the production draws from elements of hip hop and a wide gamut of electronic music, marrying intricate beats and subtle textures to honeyed pop melodies that belie the album’s conceptual depth. Rarely has bleakness sounded so pretty — this is a record that’s deceptively, compellingly beautiful, an exploration of a place both discomfiting and darkly seductive.
Heathered Pearls (DJ Set)
• Circular repetition at low levels •
• Crystal • Marble • Halftones •
• Damaging beautiful loops •
• Color collisions •
• Slow motion •
Venue Information:
Glasslands Gallery
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
http://www.theglasslands.com/