Band & The Beat, the dream pop synth side-project by Tracy Shedd and James Tritten, have released their second digital 45. Straight and Narrow b/w Jimmy's Jam is a double whammy of sample-free electronics that will appeal to fans Portishead, Dead Can Dance, and ... wait for it ... Pet Shop Boys.
Electronic music is often labeled as soul-less and cold, but Band & The Beat are capable of creating an intimate. cozy vibe. Technology is cool and all that, but music needs a human touch to make an impact. Check the old school lead keyboards part taking off the edge of the harsh drum sound in Straight and Narrow. Adding just a bit of echo the vocals gives the track an extra layer of urgency. Jimmy's Jam is a plea for the need to be left alone and going your own way, while ignoring the pressures of the outside world.
- 04/01 Harrisonburg, VA @ Court Square Theater - MACROCK XIX 2016
- 04/05 Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 (w/ Slingshot Dakota)
- 04/23 Chapel Hill, NC @ The Cave (w/ Spines)
HCTF review of 21.