If you’ve been following JOVM over the last couple of years, you’d know that I’ve long been a supporter of the Brooklyn-based electronica duo of Beacon – especially as their For Now EP landed at co-number 7 on this site’s Best of 2012 list. Unsurprisingly, the duo of Thomas Mularney III and Jacob Gossett have won accolades and praise across the blogosphere as their material manages to evoke a complex and very dark array of temptation, lust, regret, obsession and love and those very dark, unsettling places are heightened through the of arpeggio synths and sparse, minimalist beats and slowly swirling electronics. Paired with Gossett’s falsetto, their previously released material manages to possess a haunting and eerie beauty that lingers after you’ve spent time listening to it.
Beacon’s much-anticipated sophomore full-length effort, L1 is slated for a December 2 release through renowned, indie electro pop label, Ghostly International. “Fault Lines” and the album’s second single, album title track “L1” offer a noticeable change of sonic direction. Whereas the the material of For Now and The Ways We Separate evoke a sense of chilly spaciousness, the first two singles of L1 possess a visceral heft as it’s comprised of layers of cascading synth chords, skittering percussion, and stormy, swirling electronics while retaining the same undercurrent of angst.