Beardyman’s Distractions and The Beardytron’s Sentimental Side
At first mention of the name Beardyman one might expect dueling banjos or even bluegrass ballads of love and overcoming strife; not the case for this delightful duo of Beardyman and his Beardytron_5000mkIV. Beardytron_5000mkIV? Sounds like an attic-made contraption created by Rick Moranis to shrink household object or even his kids? Close. This custom dream machine took three years, four iPads and two laptops to make and has become the instrument of choice that Beardyman has mastered so flawlessly with the release of his latest album Distractions.
The aura outlined on the album is that of a chill, 80’s love ballad reminiscent to the ever so soothing vocals of George Michael. “Getting There” and “Brain” give us a taste of this mellow swag. The album’s top played SoundCloud track “Mountainside” keeps this vibe alive, but turns us into a fly on the wall listening in on an intimate conversation between two lovers savoring the absolute moment. We are introduced for the first time to female vocals on “Mountainside”, making the album’s human element all the more real.
No track moved me more than “Perfect Waste of Time.” The track teases with an initial oriental feel that gradually fades into symphonic tones that feel epic. “Perfect Waste of Time” captures that moment of anticipation between new lovers swallowing their own heartbeat just to gather up enough courage to lean in for that first kiss.
Distractions’ mellow nature and signature Android lyrics are a genuine taste of who Beardyman is beneath the beard and stripped from his synth vocal mask. The roots of the album thrive on anthropomorphism of the organic emotions spilling from the Beardytron. The physics of his electronic bliss is that of “three different trajectories that hang together well as a journey.” This is best heard on the album’s second track “2^25,000 1 Against & Falling”. The off-beat, individual layers culminate at two minutes creating a zippy, Carribean jam leaving me wanting more than a five minute track.
Watch Andrew Maloney of Genmotion interview Beardyman at Brooklyn’s Outpost summer of 2014 here.
Beardyman describes improvisation as being at the heart of his creative process. He has taken the concept of improvisation and injected it into all key elements of his custom art form. His talent for composing tracks visually and birthing them through auditory canals is its own musical poetry in action. Beardyman’s March tour is currently underway inspiring fans in 12 cities from Boston to Miami.
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