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This has been a good year for bands making music that might ostensibly be referred to minimalist R&B. In addition to great offerings in that vein from the likes of inc. and Autre Ne Veut, we also have The Ways We Separate from Brooklyn art-synth duo Beacon. We recently premiered the video for “Drive” —… More »

Almost none of us are at work this week, so almost none of us are getting fired. And with the holidays coming to an end, we don’t have to keep the good-cheer veneer up for much longer. So: Time to wade into some of the past year’s sickest shit!

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Thomas Mullarney III and Jacob Gossett are Beacon, a Greenpoint-based duo steeped in ’90s and contemporary R&B, IDM, and bass music. Moodgadget is set to release Beacon’s No Body EP, the project’s second collection of songs to triangulate those worlds into a sensual, downtempo electronic mesh of lush synths and lusty falsetto. It’s How To… More »

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Beacon – “L1″ (Stereogum Premiere)

Brooklyn Band To Watch alumni Beacon have a new EP called L1 on the way, and today we present the title track. It marks a fascinating progression for the duo: Whereas they once traded in space-age R&B with Rhye’s gentleness inhabiting lush digital pastures, “L1″ is smartly arranged electro-pop with a fervent tempo and a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 4, 2014 - 11:21 am

Tycho – “See (Beacon Remix)”

San Francisco-based ambient musician Tycho is also a visual artist, which might explain why his recordings are able to conjure vivid imagery and pair it with candid emotion. Ghostly has now released a remix of Tycho’s “See” by labelmates Beacon, which finds the track soaring through a heavenly realm even further from Earth than the… More »

By: Ethan Jacobs / September 19, 2014 - 1:42 pm

Tomas Barfod – “Busy Baby (Beacon Remix)” (Feat. Nina K)

Tomas Barfod will follow-up his recent Pulsing EP with the upcoming full-length album Love Me, which includes “Busy Baby,” a collaboration with singer Nina K. That track has now been remixed by Brooklyn electronic duo and Band To Watch Beacon. While the original veered almost toward synth-pop, this remix pulls it back towards the dance… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 22, 2014 - 5:34 pm

Beacon – “Drive” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

For Beacon’s track “Drive” from their debut full-length The Ways We Separate, the BTW alumni enlisted 10lbs. Pictures to create a smoky, dark clip. But instead of crafting something run-of-the-mill, they drew from another genre’s tropes. Says Will Joines of 10, “I was interested in taking elements of a R&B video and making something darker… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 22, 2013 - 11:13 am

Stream Beacon The Ways We Separate

With two EPs under their belt, BTW alumni Beacon have are finally gearing up to release their full-length debut The Ways We Separate. We’ve heard the lovely, calming “Bring You Back,” but now you can hear the whole thing in its entirety. Stream it over at Pitchfork Advance.

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By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 22, 2013 - 3:45 pm

Beacon – “Bring You Back”

In 2011, the Brooklyn bedroom-R&B production duo Beacon earned a Band To Watch distinction on the strength of their No Body EP, and they followed it up last year with a similarly evocative EP called For Now. And in a couple of months, they’ll release The Ways We Separate, the inevitable full-length debut. First single… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 19, 2013 - 2:37 pm

Stream Beacon For Now EP (Stereogum Premiere)

Brooklyn electronic duo Beacon first appeared on our radar in 2011, earning a Band To Watch designation off of the strength of the No Body EP, a release that stirred up a compelling blend of R&B and more ambient electronic music. Now, they’re back a year later with For Now, a new EP they recently… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 25, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Beacon – “Feeling’s Gone”

Greenpoint-based vocal/production duo Beacon have signed to Ghostly for their second EP, For Now, which follows up their BTW-earning debut set No Body. Singer Thomas Mullarney and beatmaker Jacob Gossett are playing to type on its first single, “Feeling’s Gone,” which is great news considering they do their type so well: lights-down R&B steeped ’90… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 9, 2012 - 11:36 am

Bear In Heaven – “Kiss Me Crazy (Beacon Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

On their remix of Bear In Heaven’s I Love You, It’s Cool track “Kiss Me Crazy,” Greenpoint homemade-R&B sensualist BTW Beacon add their own vocals, turning the track’s focus inward and stripping away its big-room dance elements. It’s a sparse, haunted remix, and you can download it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 1, 2012 - 12:15 pm

Beacon – “See Through You” Video

When most-recent BTW Beacon aren’t walking their sense for sensual R&B through a long, luxe hall lined with Warp LPs and bass music mixtapes, they work together at their own video production house. They’ve hand-crafted this video for “See Through You,” explicitly as a hat-tip to the “intuitive and passionate” genre of amateur-made videos, and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 30, 2011 - 9:49 am