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On The Stereo: Horsebeach – Beauty & Sadness

Manchester lo-fi heroes Horsebeach unveil the title track from their much anticipated third LP “Beauty & Sadness” scheduled for release 17 March 2017 via their very own  Alone Together imprint…

The “Beauty & Sadness” name is taken from a 1964 novel by Yasunari Kawabata’s which the band’s multi-instrumentalist & producer Ryan Kennedy read following the end of a relationship. Talking about the record Ryan explains “It’s about regret and an overlaying sense of loss but also a realisation of the beauty of starting again. I found some beauty in sadness, as it forced me to re-evaluate everything.”

Take a listen to the first song to appear from the new album below…

“Beauty & Sadness” is now available for pre-order via iTunes & Picaddilly Records.

As on previous releases, the band continue to combine influences from both sides of the Atlantic; Ariel Pink &  Diiv being contemporary influences from the from the states. But the music retains a certain appreciation for classic British guitar bands – The Smiths, Felt and groups from the C86 era are all indebted here. We’re 3 albums into the Horsebeach story now and the band continue to evolve and carve out a niche for their own discerning crowd. Often, it’s so much better that way. Ryan explains “I’ve come across many records which bands have released themselves and I’ve developed an understanding of how the system works. There’s something really special about being involved with a project from start to finish. I never had any big plans for the music so just getting it onto a physical release and it existing was enough. This band’s progress has been mostly organic and I think there’s a sense of loyalty from fans who have found us for themselves rather than being forced at them from billboards.”

Horsebeach in session for Mark Reilly & 6Music earlier this year.

To celebrate the release, the band will also be embarking on one of their most extensive tours to date though as Horsbeach’s music continues to become more complex, it’s not always a simple affair. “It’s always interesting because I often end up writing way more parts than we have hands to play live,” admits Ryan. “It’s means some songs have to be adapted a little for the shows but it’s all part of the fun and a small price to pay for having the freedom to create the songs we want to make.” 

Photo by Jack Kirwin -JK Photography-

Check out a full list of their 2017 tour dates below and keep your eyes peeled for some very special festival performances still TBA.

Friday 17th March – Salford – Sacred Trinity Church – “Beauty & Sadness” Album Launch

Friday 24th March @ King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow

Saturday 25th March @ Electric Circus, Edinburgh

Thursday 6th April  -Liverpool – The Magnet      

Friday 7th April – London Fields Brewhouse                                         

Saturday  8th April – Golden Lion Todmorden                                     

Thursday 13th April – Hare & Hounds Birmingham 

Saturday  15th April –Barrow – Cookes Studio     

Sunday 16th April- Newcastle – Tanners               

Monday 17th April – Sheffield – Greystones       

Tuesday  18th April – Leeds – Wharf Chambers  

Check out Horsebeach’s upcoming shows at www.ticketweb.co.uk/horsebeach and to make sure you never miss a gig; download the TicketWeb App now and make Horsebeach one of your favourite artists!