Of the many hobbies that one can take up, the discovery of new music is probably amongst the least worthwhile. It is exhausting, it is time consuming and ultimately fruitless, but, more than anything, it’s utterly impossible to keep on top of. You can plough months of free time into it, convincing yourself that you are completely and utterly on top over everything that is happening in ‘the game’ listening to undiscovered Portuguese twins making drone-infused tropical dub, steadfastly believing that you are furthering yourself. And then, out of nowhere, an exciting band will come along that seemingly everyone who has ever worn a pair of skinny jeans will already be massive fans of, whilst their name is nothing but a mystery to you. If the name Beaty Heart means nothing to you, then prepare for one of those familiar rushes of self-loathing and doubt.
There have been comparisons, as there always are, to Animal Collective, and that’s about as close anyone is going to get. In truth, the band – hailing from London – make what could best described as experimental pop music, creating vast, valleys of sound that echo the swooping ideas within. It’s a sound that is heavy on percussion and the rhythm within, meaning at times they come close to being tribal – almost like if Islet had grown up in a metropolis, trying to be cool, instead of spending their hours being lonely weirdos. It’s not as if they’ve gone unnoticed, either – their set at In The City was seemingly attended by everyone ever, and the reviews were great too – not surprising given they’ve already been featured in the likes of Loud and Quiet and on the pages of Basement Fever and Fucking Dance. If they’ve managed to slip through your net thus far, then now is the time to rectify.
Beaty Heart – Cola [download from the mixtape][audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2143427/COLA.mp3]