November 2013 National Music Reviews

Review: Heavenly Beat – Prominence

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Heavenly Beat
Prominence
Captured Tracks
Street: 10.15
Heavenly Beat = Wild Nothing + Craft Spells
Here is John Peña’s (former Beach Fossils bassist) second album as Heavenly Beat. Musically, it’s similar to last year’s Talent—both are intricate arrangements of classical guitar and Balearic indie pop. Prominence expands on the downtempo aesthetic of Talent by incorporating darker, introspective lyrics into the same exuberant sound. Peña’s airy falsetto floats through the tracks here, cozying up with lush loops of nylon strings, steel drums, and New Order–styled harmonica. Have an Indian summer all winter long with this one—and don’t fear—at the rate Peña’s going, there’s probably going to be more music by then. –Christian Schultz
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